Willie? Yes, he will

Monday, October 19, 2020

Willie go round in circles. Lots of them!

As you may have noticed on Page 1 in today’s CT, we’re speaking of Quimby’s own, Willie Allbaugh, whose shadow cast on his town and Cherokee County area is as large as his “williengness” to serve.

The Quimby Fire Chief was named 2019’s “Fire Chief of the Year” by the Department of Iowa American Legion.The Lyle W. Barnes Post 398 of Quimby secured an application and filled it out, later discovering that Allbaugh, their nominee, had been selected.

Albaugh has served 51 years on Quimby Fire and Rescue and 44 years as Fire Chief. He joined in 1968 where his leadership has brought the organization into the 21st century. Under his command, the Quimby fire department has expanded with first aid classes, certifications in emergency rescue and first responder training, and far more. Allbaugh himself became a certified emergency medical responder, as well as taking many classes in computer training, documentation, reporting and grant writing.

In addition to his many community involvements, Willie also is a member of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation Board (CAEDC), the County Solid Waste Commission, and an active member of the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Quimby.

There is an open invitation to celebrate Allbaugh’s achievement and thank him for his service in person at the Quimby Fire Station on Sunday, October 25th from 2-4 pm. Refreshments will be served by the Quimby American Legion and Auxiliary. Wear masks and follow social distancing protocol.

Knowing, working with, and appreciating folks like Willie Allbaugh is why we all live here. Take the time Oct. 25 to thank Willie and share in this overdue community tribute for one of the really good guys in our midst.

Paul Struck

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