St. Joseph – Rusty Chism was the kid that liked to hang around the local firehouse.He grew up to be chief.Tuesday, he took a final ride past that station.
Chism, 50, died last week of a rare cancer.A long procession of fire trucks brought his casket from Urbana to St. Joseph.The truck carrying his casket briefly stopped in front of the station.
Chism served as a division chief for the Urbana Fire Department.He was also a 30 year volunteer with the St. Joseph – Stanton Fire Protection District.The last 10 years he was chief.His friends remember him fondly as they recall Chism hanging around the firehouse as a youngster.
“We'd raise the doors and we'd look at him and say here comes the Chism kid,” firefighter Howard Marsh said with a smile. “Let's get out of here so we don't have to talk to him.
Chism grew up to be a respected member of the department and well liked.
“All I can say about Rusty, he was a fine young man,” retired Urbana fireman Duke Goodwin told WAND News.“He was a very good guy.He was honest.”