A retirement ceremony celebrated the retirement of Shawnee Fire Department Lieutenant Jim Ogle last week. The ceremony was held in the Bertha Ann Young Commission Chambers.

A retirement ceremony celebrated the retirement of Shawnee Fire Department Lieutenant Jim Ogle last week. The ceremony was held in the Bertha Ann Young Commission Chambers.

“We were honored to celebrate a member who has served our department in two official capacities.  Jim Ogle, also known as "Ogie", is retiring from active duty service as a Lieutenant with the Shawnee Fire Department but, I am very happy to report that he will continue to serve as our department Chaplain on a voluntary basis,” Fire Chief Dru Tischer said.

Jim Ogle hired on with the Shawnee Fire Department on December 8th, 1995 under then Fire Chief James Roberts.  He was initially assigned to the Blue shift where he worked under the command of Captain Jim VanAntwerp and Battalion Chief Harold Cook.  After starting in the position of Firefighter, Ogie was promoted to the position of Fire Equipment Operator (which is now called Lieutenant) on August 15th of 1999.

Ogle was appointed to the position of Chaplain for the Shawnee Fire Department in 2009 after recognizing the need and volunteering to serve in that capacity to then Fire Chief Jimmy Gibson.  After discovering that the Chaplain needed to be an ordained minister, Chaplain Ogle put himself through the required training and attained that designation. Since being appointed, Chaplain Ogle has given aid, comfort and support to our Firefighters (both active duty and retired) and their families.  He works tirelessly to serve our Firefighters so that they may continue to serve the community.

In addition to serving as our department Chaplain, Ogle has also served a vital role in the Shawnee Fire Clown fire and life safety education program throughout his 22 year career.  "Ogie" as he is known when performing, is our longest serving clown and also served as the program coordinator for many years. This program is absolutely one of the most beneficial offered by our department and definitely would not be what it is today without Ogie's work and passion for it.

Ogle served honorably throughout his 22 year active duty career with the Shawnee Fire Department.  He is a respected Firefighter who possesses a wealth of experience and knowledge that will be missed on the fire ground.  More importantly, he is a tremendous leader with compassion, character and wisdom that will not be easily replaced.  He set a tremendous example for how to serve the community and your brother Firefighters that is an inspiration to the rest of us.