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Rugby Firefighter a 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee

By Staff | Sep 25, 2015

Dave Schneibel, Sr., part of the long tradition of volunteer firefighters in Rugby receives the highest honor being elected to the 2015 Firefighters Hall of Fame

The North Dakota Firefighter’s Museum announced the 2015 Inductees into the N.D. Firefighters Hall of Fame. Dave Schneibel, Sr., from Rugby, was one of the inductees.

Schneibel has been an active firefighter since 1975. While his main passion is fighting fires and protecting his community, Schneibel was also the fire chief in years past, a role his son serves in now. His other past duties were: assistant chief, secretary-treasurer, captain, training officer and safety officer, Rugby Fire Department; NDFA 1st and 2nd vice president as well as president. His roles may have changed through the years but his passion for the job has remained true.

Another 2015 inductee is Ron Narum, from Rutland. Narum has been an active firefighter since 1965 (ret. 2014). He also served as the past chief, Rutland & Cayuga Fire Department; he is an active member and secretary-treasurer, Rutland-Cayuga RFPD Board and was the lead force in establishing the fire district. The last inductee for 2015 is Chris Helgesen from Sawyer. Helgesen was an active firefighter since 1969 (ret. 2002). He also served as past chief, of the Sawyer Fire Protection District; is a NDFA life member; 1st and 2nd vice president and president of the NDFA; and past president, Mouse River Firemen’s Association and N.D. Fire Chiefs Association.

Induction into the Hall of Fame is conferred upon outstanding individuals whose contributions to and leadership of the fire service within the State of North Dakota have been a milestone in the development of those services; whose actions have served not just their community, but have contributed significantly to the fire service on a regional, statewide, or national basis; and, whose leadership and accomplishments in these areas are widely recognized and respected in the North Dakota fire service.

The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at the Garrison City Auditorium. The induction will be part of Fire Prevention Week that is Oct. 4-10. The theme for this year’s week is,” Hear The Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Rugby will be starting the week off Sunday, Oct. 4 with the Carnival and Chili Cook-Off. Rugby’s firefighters will also be visiting all the schools and hosting fire drills thru the week. In addition, they are having an Open House on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 6-8 p.m.

As you can see being a local volunteer firefighter is more than putting out fires; it is being part of the community that they not only protect but you live in.

– Tribune Staff Report

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