City adds two firefighters


Two Seymour men were added to the Seymour Fire Department roster during a board of works meeting Thursday.

Luke Hackman, 32, and Seth Thompson, 25, were sworn in during a ceremony in the council chambers.

Hackman was joined by his wife, Cassi, and children, Harper and Owen, along with other family, while Thompson was joined by his wife, Kelsey, and other family.

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Hackman said he was always interested in becoming a firefighter and was drawn by the camaraderie among firefighters. He also said it is a great responsibility to be there for people in need.

“I always loved being part of a team, and I also love helping people,” he said. “It’s a great fit, and I get the best of those.”

Thompson has wanted to become a firefighter since high school when he worked with Stan Taskey, a retired Seymour firefighter.

“This is what I wanted to do ever since that time,” he said.

Straight out of high school, he joined the Redding Township Volunteer Fire Department. He has been there the last seven years and was the chief.

Thompson has worked for his family’s construction business and was an emergency medical technician with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services for three years.

“That has provided me with a lot of experience,” he said, adding he is now looking forward to his new role at Seymour Fire Department. “I am looking forward to getting to know the guys there, doing my job and serving the community. I enjoy what I do and am prepared for it.”

Hackman has served with the Jackson-Washington Volunteer Fire Department for the last year and a half. He began the process close to when he started at the volunteer department.

That included a lot of coursework, but it has been worth it.

“I look forward to getting to know everyone at the department,” he said. “I am looking forward to helping people any way I can.”

Hackman has farmed on the family farm and worked for his family’s show feed business, which he now has an ownership stake in. Now, Hackman feels he is becoming part of another tradition.

“This department has always been great,” he said. “So it’s great to join one like this.”

Both said it was special to have family there for their swearing-in ceremony.

“They’ve had my back and supported me ever since I decided I wanted to do this,” Hackman said. “It was an honor to have them here with me.”

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