Seymour Fire Department hires second-generation firefighter

Seymour’s newest firefighter has someone close to him to look up to when it comes to career advice.

Cheaney Roll, 23, of Brownstown is following in his father Eric Roll’s footsteps by becoming a second-generation firefighter. Eric Roll has served as a Seymour firefighter for 27 years and currently holds the rank of battalion chief.

“I’ve grown up around the fire house,” Cheaney said. “The many respectable firefighters I’ve grown up meeting has made an image that I’ve always dreamed of becoming.”

That dream came true when Cheaney was sworn in Oct. 14 by Mayor Craig Luedeman at the board of public works and safety meeting.

He has spent the past year and a half working as an emergency medical technician with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services. The knowledge and skills he learned through his previous job will be utilized when dispatched on emergency medical calls, he said.

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