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Moriah to honor fire chief

When Jaquish was in eighth grade, the family moved to the South Road in Moriah. He played basketball at Moriah High School where he graduated in 1949. He joined the Air Force in 1950 and began to study electronics and radar systems at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. That dream was cut short in 1951 when he was called home when his father was killed in a mining explosion.

Now the head of his family, Jaquish worked for Republic Steel.

He married Ruth Christian on June 22, 1952. Together they raised nine children, Jeanne, Donald, Thomas, Frederic, Randall, Candy, Sandy, Richard and Mary. They now have 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

After Republic Steel, Ralph worked as a self-employed electrician, plumber and stone mason for several years, along with other side jobs, and at International Paper Company for 27 years, retiring from the position of shift engineer in the power plant in 1992.

He served as town councilman in Moriah for nine years, during which time changes were made to the Bulwagga Bay Campsite, which he oversaw.

On Labor Day 2008 Jaquish served as grand marshall of the Port Henry parade in recognition of his 50 years as chief of the Moriah Fire Department.

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