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Allen retires as WVFD chief, Goings named new chief PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:35

Twenty-year Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department Chief Donny Allen passes the “Chief” helmet on to the new WVFD Chief Bob Goings.

By Sheri Hink

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department announced new leadership Monday night during their work detail meeting. Donny Allen, 30-year WVFD member, announced that he will retire as chief after serving in the role for 20 years.

Allen passed his chief’s helmet on to Bob Goings, who has been on the department for 14 years. Goings joined the fire department in 1998 and has served as assistant chief for the past seven years.

“I’m leaving the fire department in capable hands with Bob. He’s a good fireman and will be a good chief,” said Allen.

Allen took the reins as chief in 1991 when Bill Bischoff retired from the role. Prior to Bischoff Lloyd Sinner had served as chief for 27 years.

At the time he became chief, Allen had been a member of the WVFD for 10 years. Allen stated he had been thinking of retiring as chief around the 20-year mark in the job. Smoke inhallation from fires this summer has taken its toll on his lungs. Allen wants to back up from direct line service for a time to allow his lungs to heal.

New officers were named, unofficially until the WVFD’s regular elections in January. Tanner Bardsley was named assistant chief and Shannon O’Neil was named training officer. It is not clear now who will serve as president until the January elections.