By Doug Carder
Ottawa Herald – August 31, 2016
A firefighter with a decade of experience serving the community has been named the Ottawa Fire Department’s second highest ranking official.
The city of Ottawa announced Wednesday afternoon Shawn Dillon had been selected as the new assistant fire chief, according to a city news release.
Dillon began his service with the Ottawa Fire Department in February 2006 as a firefighter/EMT-1, according to the release. He was promoted to driver/operator in April 2008, lieutenant in October 2008 and captain in July 2014, the release said.
“Assistant Fire Chief Dillon has been a significant part of the Ottawa Fire Department since becoming a lieutenant in 2008,” Fire Chief Tim Matthias said in the release. “He has good leadership skills and is able to make adjustments in the field for the betterment of the firefighters. He has a very strong work ethic and is a great asset to the department.”
Dillon, who grew up in Wichita, worked one year with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Ottawa department. Pior to that, he served four years with the Concordia Police Department and Concordia Fire Department, according to the release.
He has 16 years of experience in public safety.
“I transitioned to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office to be closer to my wife’s family,” Dillon said in the release. “I knew that firefighting was the career I wanted to pursue. I was attracted to Ottawa because I wanted to raise my family in a smaller town but still have access to a bigger city.”