Marion Firefighter Dale Owen to Retire after 29 Years

MARION, IN: (April 7th, 2016) – Firefighter Dale Owen will retire after 29 years of serving the Marion Fire Department. Private Owen joined the Department in 1987, and during his tenure, served as the Maintenance Officer and on the Hazmat Tech team.

Marion Fire Chief Geoff Williams said Owen worked on every Marion Fire Department owned SCBA, chainsaw, radio, computer, rescue tool, emergency light and fire station problem. “He knew how to fix them or where to send them to be fixed. He kept current on all the latest and greatest fire technology breakthroughs, and knew the process of building and buying new fire trucks.”

During his time, with the assistance of other firefighters, Owen helped the Department attain nearly $2 million in grant money for the purchase of equipment for the fire trucks.

Chief Williams added, “When the federal government started to award money through grants, Dale embraced the idea. He learned how to write grants then volunteered his time to write grants for the fire department. He really found his niche. Marion Fire Department and the city of Marion have saved a substantial amount of money through his grant-writing skills. When Dale retires, we will not only be losing a firefighter, but a handyman and a grant writer who was a very valuable asset to our department.”

Owen says he’s learned that everything about being a firefighter is a team effort. “Everyone…not just one person…makes a difference in emergency situations. It’s a team that saves a person from a burning building. I’m fortunate to have worked with an incredible team.”

Owen says he’s going to miss his comrades, but looks forward to being home every night on a consistent basis with his family. In retirement, Owen plans to help run his family business, Owen’s Hardware Store, in Gas City, IN.

His last day with the Marion Fire Department is Sunday, April 10th.

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