Phil Jacob honored for 50 years on fire department


INDIANAPOLIS – Phil Jacob was honored on Monday for his fiftieth anniversary with the Albion Volunteer Fire Department.

He was one of several long-time firefighters recognized by Governor Holcomb that day at the Indiana State Capitol, with his wife Cindy and several Albion firefighters in attendance.

Jacob joined the fire department in 1968, at a time when the firefighters were alerted to calls by a party-line type telephone call, and their newest truck was a 1965 Chevy/American LaFrance pumper. Over the years he served many positions on the department, including Captain and Assistant Chief; he was chairman of the AFD’s 125th Anniversary Committee.

But Jacob’s lasting legacy will no doubt be his work as Albion’s Fire Prevention Officer, a position he’s held for more than half the time he’s been on the department. He’s a familiar sight in Albion schools as he spreads the message of fire prevention.

As a result, he was Albion’s Citizen of the Year in 1998, and won Parkview Hospital’s Good Samaritan Award in 2000.

Phil Jacob’s other legacy is family: Jacob’s father was Fire Chief, and now his three sons, Chad, Shawn, and Brad, are members of the department.

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