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Fire chief retires after 58 years of service

Chief recounts changes that have helped emergency responders over the years

Moriah Fire Chief Ralph Jaquish and Mineville/Witherbee Chief Paul Tromblee were honored for their service at the May 7 meeting of the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

Moriah Fire Chief Ralph Jaquish and Mineville/Witherbee Chief Paul Tromblee were honored for their service at the May 7 meeting of the Essex County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

Through all of the fire and emergencies he has seen, Jaquish said the experience has been all good and he’s gotten to work with a good group of people and neighboring squads.

“I think I’m relieved, it will be good to not have to go so fast,” Jaquish said. “But I will miss working with that great group of people.”

Brian Glebus will take Jaquish’s position as the new fire chief of the department. Glebus was sworn-in during a department meeting June 14.

Glebus has served in the department for the past two years and has been a volunteer firefighter for the past 20 years serving in Crown Point.

Glebus said “you never know where I’ll show up.”

Glebus said as fire chief he wants to just continue doing the hard work he has always done.

“One thing I’ve always loved and felt like I had to do was helping out in the community,” Glebus said.

He said he’s incredibly proud of the level of volunteerism in Moriah during a time when most volunteer departments are hurting for help.

“I want all of us to continue to do the same thing everyday, we’re a team and it doesn’t matter title, we’re going to keep training, training and training to be ready in case anything happens,” Glebus said.

The new chief praised the former chief for his years of service and said he hopes to continue to work hard as Jaquish did.

“He is an incredible man for what he’s done, its an incredible feet to do it for that long,” Glebus said. “Its amazing what he’s done.”

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