By Lonnie Huhman,
A new tradition was started in Scio Township on April 9 as the three new full-time firefighters had their badges pinned on them by a family member.
The firefighters Glen Cobb, Chris Samborn and Chris Collier were hired earlier this year and now with their badges, it’s official.
The ceremony was held during the April 9 township board meeting. All three were paid-on-call firefighters for the township prior to being brought on full-time.
In introducing the badges ceremony, Scio Township Supervisor Jack Knowles called it a great night before township fire director John Ichesco brought the firefighters up.
“This is a fire service tradition that hasn’t found its way to Scio, so this is a beginning and hopefully for many more,” said Ichesco and this ceremony is done nationwide at other departments and in many ways is like bringing them into the firefighter family.
This is a big tradition of firefighters because the badge is similar to a shield, both in its design and what it means. It’s not just a sign of completion, but it’s a symbol of commitment with a rich history. The shield/badge symbolizes the responsibility of contemporary firefighters to place themselves between emerging catastrophe so lives and property can be saved.
Ichesco said another part of this tradition is to have family or someone close to them pin the badge on them. Each firefighter had a family member complete the tradition.
In other township news, the board set two public hearings for its next meeting at 7 p.m. April 23.
One is on the proposed assessment roll for the preparation of engineering and construction documents, and costs for the proposed road improvements with the special assessment district for the purpose of constructing proposed road improvements to Lamplighter Drive, Pheasant Drive and Deerfield Place.
The other is a public hearing on the application by HOMES Brewery LLC for a license to operate a micro-brewery, a small winery and small distillery at 112-138 Jackson Plaza.
The township also approved a shared cost agreement between itself and the board of Washtenaw County Road Commissioners for three applications of dust control to the township’s gravel roads at a cost of $17,337. The county road commission covers the other 50 percent of the total cost, which is around $35,000.