NORTH WEBSTER — North Webster/Tippecanoe Township Fire Chief Jeremy Likens is on vacation. A number of firefighters who walked out Thursday, Aug. 25, have returned, others remain uncertain.
A release was issued today by North Webster/Tippecanoe Township Battalion Chief Christopher Francis. It states:
“On behalf of the membership of the North Webster/Tippecanoe Township Fire Department and Fire Chief Jeremy Likens, we would like to release the following information:
“First and foremost, we would like to ensure the residents and guests of Tippecanoe Township that your safety has and always will be our unconditional concern. The North Webster/Tippecanoe Township Fire Department membership convened on Sunday, Aug. 28, for a meeting regarding the events of the past week. Tippecanoe Township Trustee Steve Ward was in attendance with the staff, as well.
“The membership of the North Webster/Tippecanoe Township Fire Department and Trustee Ward have agreed on taking steps to remedy the elements of the disagreements that have occurred. As of Aug. 29, the surrounding fire departments that were placed on standby for the North Webster/Tippecanoe Township Fire Department have been released.
“We would like to thank (in no particular order) the Pierceton Fire Department, Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory, Plain Township Fire Department, Milford Fire Department, Turkey Creek Fire Territory, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, North Webster Police Department and Noble County for their support throughout this matter. Those departments were requested in order to guarantee response coverage with the personnel of the North Webster/Tippecanoe Township Fire Department.”
Ward was contacted to provide a statement and stated he would be issuing a release in the next few days regarding this matter.