Firefighter Remembered

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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.”

Rusty Chism left behind a wife and two children.

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