Schulz hanging up helmet after 25 years

It takes a special kind of crazy to knowingly run toward a fire or accident scene, according to Bellefontaine Fire Chief J.P. Schulz.


Bellefontaine Fire Chief J.P. Schulz will retire Jan. 10 after 25 years with the department. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

“There’s something not right about us,” he says jokingly. “When people are running away from a burning house, we’re running the other way trying to get in.”

For the past 25 years, he has lived the firefighter’s life rising from firefighter/paramedic to chief. He has fought fires, responded to vehicle crashes and provided medical aid to the ailing.

Never once did he question his career choice.

“It’s about helping people and serving the community,” Chief Schulz said. “You do it for the self-satisfaction. You don’t do it expecting a pat on the back. It’s about trying to make a difference.

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