The Shawnee Fire Department presented a plaque to Linda Ellington of the Aldridge Building on Friday. The department wanted to thank the management of the Aldridge Building for allowing firefighters to train in their building.

The Shawnee Fire Department presented a plaque to Linda Ellington of the Aldridge Building on Friday. The department wanted to thank the management of the Aldridge Building for allowing firefighters to train in their building. 

Shawnee Fire Chief Dru Tischer said for the past few years, they have allowed firefighters to train in the stairwells of the Aldridge Building on a daily basis.  Citizens may see firefighters walking in full turn-out gear to the Aldridge on any given morning to train on stair climbing, hose dragging or other firefighting techniques. 

“I can’t overstate how valuable this is to us.  We don’t currently have a physical facility for department members to train and we really appreciate the management of the Aldridge allowing us to use their facility,” Tischer said. “The plaque is fitted with a helmet front like the ones our Firefighters wear with the year 1929 on it which is the year the Aldridge Building opened”

It is inscribed with a message of thanks from the Shawnee Fire Department and a quote from President John F. Kennedy that says “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference”.

Tischer also thanks Captain Denis Taron for coordinating this presentation.  Pictured from left to right are Fire Chief Dru Tischer, Captain Denis Taron, Linda Ellington, Deputy Fire Chief Andy Starkey and Battalion Chief Tom Larman.