Sandoval (IL) Fire Department Dedicates 2021 Rosenbauer Pumper to Former Chief

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The Sandoval (IL) Fire Department recently held a ceremony to put into service and dedicate a 2021 Rosenbauer pumper to former chief and long-time member Tom Nicolay, reports

Nicolay joined the department in 1959 and was appointed chief in 1970. During his tenure as chief, he was an early EMT in 1973 Southern IL who helped lay the groundwork for the district’s current ambulance service, the report says.

In 1979, he was an early instructor of the IL Emergency Rescue Technician course and went on to teach hundreds. In addition, he was the inaugural appointee to the Firefighting Medal of Honor Commission by then-Gov. Jim Thompson, according to the report.

In 1991, he was recognized by the 91st IL General Assembly for all of his industry accomplishments. Then, in 1996, he was recognized with the Robert Stipp Award for Lifetime Achievement, the report says.

Nicolay was elected as Marion County Coroner in 1996, retired from the fire department in 1998, and retired as coroner in 2012.

Truck 9130, which replaces a 38-year-old apparatus, comes at no additional cost to district taxpayers, the report says. More information about the apparatus can be found here.

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