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For more than 30 years, no matter the time of day or the weather conditions, if people in Crittenden, needed help, Dave Owen was there.
Owen served as the volunteer fire chief of Crittenden and spent many nights, weekends and holidays helping people, either by fighting a fire in their home or business or rendering first aid as a first emergency responder.
He wasn’t paid but gave of his time because he wanted to help his community. He wanted to give back.
After 30 years of service, Owen stepped down as Crittenden’s fire chief recently.
When contacted about a story, he said he’d rather go quietly with little fan fare, but 30 years of community service is a long time and worthy of some recognition.
Despite budget deficits and the ever-increasing problem of covering more calls with less people and aging equipment, Owen was there, lending a hand wherever he could.
He said he knew it was just time to step back. Being a volunteer, can be a thankless, unappreciated job. Owen’s dedication to his community will be missed.
Owen passes the responsibility onto Lee Burton Crittenden’s new fire chief. We wish him the best of luck and much success.
(Editorials published in the Grant County News are the collective opinion of the News editorial team.)