Volunteer of the month
The Ellington Volunteer Fire Department would like to present John (Jack) W. Turner in the May member spotlight. Jack joined The Ellington Volunteer Fire Department in January of 1970, when he was 21 years old, making him our most senior, active member for 49 years. His love and fascination for the fire service started when he was a young child, always hitching a ride to the fire house with his father, drillmaster John G. Turner, especially on Sunday mornings where his responsibility was to wash the two fire trucks, a 1937 Chevy, and a 1946 American LaFrance. Carrying on the legacy of his father, who tragically died in the line of duty January 21st 1968, Jack obtained his first title as Secretary from May 1971 to 1974, followed by rank of Captain- Training Officer for 4 years, Second Assistant Chief for 1 year, First Assistant Chief for 12 years, Chief of the department for 10 years, and finally Deputy Chief for 12 years, thus retiring as an officer in 2012, and at the same time, earning the Firefighter of the year award.
Currently, Jack serves as an advisor for the cadet program, mentoring high school aged kids who have an interest in the fire service, just as he did. He also mentors regular members, as well as up and coming officers, always reminding us to never forget the basics. He himself was reminded recently, and taught the cadets, that even if something happens across the world, it could happen to us tomorrow, and we need to always be cognizant of it. He also is chairman of the Fire Department Memorial Committee charged with designing a memorial site, which is still in progress.
The most enjoyable thing to Jack about volunteering, is being able to help people on quite possibly the worst day of their lives. He says, we can’t always make things better, but at least we’re there to offer our assistance, or even a shoulder to cry on. Jack has noticed over the years of being in the fire service is that even with the ever changing technology and turnover of membership, there has been one thing that has never changed, past members and current members have always exhibited the utmost concern, for providing a valuable service to our citizens.
In his free time, Jack enjoys watching NASCAR racing with his 12 year old black lab Simon, and taking him on daily walks.
The most challenging thing to Jack these days is the fact that he is growing older, and is being forced to accept that he can no longer do certain things as easily as he used to.
Our senior members are our most precious members, filled with a wealth of knowledge, and experience. Although it may be difficult to physically do certain things, they still have a place in the department, to train, guide, and mentor all members, regular and officers. And for all of that, we thank you, Jack. Thank you for your years of service and commitment to the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department, and the citizens of Ellington.
stop the bleeding
The Ellington Volunteer Fire Department is offering the FEMA course, Until Help Arrives, to members of our community. This is a nationally recognized class, teaching participants how to respond to emergencies and perform live saving interventions until professional help arrives. (This is a version of Stop the Bleed training.)
The course was developed by the CDC and FEMA with input from many other professional agencies including The Red Cross and The American Heart Association. It will cover subjects such as scene safety, stopping bleeding, controlling airways, moving patients and interactions with first responders.