Tonganoxie Mirror – October 26, 2016
Submitted by Newz Group – October 31, 2016
Name: Tim Smith
Born: Hiawatha in 1960.
Family: Wife of 33 years, Kathleen; five daughters, Brandi Gettys, San Diego, Emily Devor, Riverside, Calif., Victoria Snyder, Tonganoxie, Elizabeth Moseley, Valley Center, and Rachel Heichel, Kansas City, Mo.; and 11 grandchildren.
Occupation: Volunteer Fire Chief with Tonganoxie Township Fire Department and District 4 representative for the Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs. He’s also been a mechanic with Associated Wholesale Grocers for 29 years in Kansas City, Kansas.
Interesting fact: His father, Larry Smith, was Tonganoxie police chief for 17 years.
Digging deeper: Smith has called Tonganoxie home for much of his life. His father originally was from Tonganoxie. Smith only lived in Hiawatha the couple months after he was born before moving to Tonganoxie. A 1978 Tonganoxie High School graduate, Smith actually enrolled in the delayed entry program in December of 1977 and left for boot camp just after July 4, 1978. He served eight years in the Navy, serving in both San Diego and Long Beach, Calif. While there, he met his wife and got married. After serving in the Navy, they made Tonganoxie their home. Smith went into mechanical work for a company before starting at Wholesale Grocers nearly 30 years ago.
Smith spent some time in high school from 1976-78 working for the Tonganoxie City Fire Department. He started in the spring of 1988 with the Tonganoxie Township Fire Department.
The chief position, as all roles in the township department, are volunteer. Smith said there are 10 volunteers on the roster at the main station on Kansas Highway 16 between Tonganoxie and McLouth and another smaller station near Jarbalo where five firefighters are on the roster. Of course, Smith said the department always could utilize more volunteers. The station near Jarbalo on Dempsey Road was built in 2012, while the main station was built in 2015, replacing a facility built in the 1980s.
In his spare time, Smith likes to bow hunt for deer. He even makes trips to western Kansas to hunt. And though he makes an annual trip to California to see family, he’s happy he made the move back home.
“My wife grew up out there,” he said. “She doesn’t miss it at all.”
Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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