Community recognizes Ullom for 50 years of service
By: EVELYN LONG -
They came to show their appreciation and wish him well when more than 225 people attended the reception for Jim Ullom, who retired after serving with the Cardington Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years, 37 of them as chief.
The reception, held Saturday, February 23, at the First United Methodist Church, was also attended by members of the Mount Gilead Fire Department, Elm Valley Department, Big Walnut Dept, the fire chief from the Brian Fire Department; EMS Squads 1, 2 and three and EMS 9 and the Cardington Fire Department.
During the reception, a certificate of recognition was presented to Ullom by Jeffrey A. Leaming from the State Fire Marshal’s office, Columbus.
Voicing what was the common comment by those attending were Gary and Pat McAvoy who said “Thank you for your service. He’s been a good one.”
Sherry Graham, a member of Cardington village council said, “I’m going to miss him at council.”
Dick and Marilyn Short said “He’s done a good job, very dedicated.”
Cathy Honaker said Jim was “always interesting, never boring,” an opinion shared by Mark Mathews, a captain with the department who has been a member for 31 years.
Clayton Brandum, who has several grandsons on the department said “He’s done a good job.”
Bob Mathews, who has owned and managed Mathews Service Station since 1959, employed Ullom when he was 14 years old. “He’s been a long time employee, very faithful,” said Mathews. “He was the most dedicated employee I ever had. I never had to worry about the place when he was there.” Referring to his years with the fire department, Mathews said of Ullom, “He put a lot of time in as fire chief, more than people realize. He also has a good wife. Jim was very dedicated to the job, he likes people, and that’s why he is good at the station.”
During a private dinner served following the reception, Ullom was presented a plaque on which were placed an axe, a fire helmet, shield with his badge number 201 and the years of service.
Also honored were Floyd Morris who retired after 45 years of service and John Cardiff who served 24 years with the department. They were each presented an award of recognition.
Commenting on the honors, Ullom said “It meant a lot to me — a heart felt thanks to all who came.”
Hosting the reception were his wife, Vicki Ullom and daughter, Shelly Benson.