In a room full of more than a
hundred of his closest supporters, friends, family, city and state
officials Chillicothe's Fire Chief Darrell V. Wright signed off from
service for the last time after 43 years as a firefighter. City Administrator Darrin Chappell
presented Wright with a Proclamation from the Missouri House of Representatives and
Senate. Among Wright's many accomplishments, he oversaw the remodel and updating of the
Chillicothe Fire Department and state-of-the-art training facility;
updating and acquisition of new, top of the line equipment. Jayme Caughron, director of Grand River Technical School,
thanked Wright for his dedication to students and the school, where he began teaching
EMT classes in 1992 and later taught paramedic classes.
Chillicothe Municipal Utilities
General Manager Jim Gillilan recently won the Missouri Public Utility
Alliance's (MPUA), Dan A. Watkins - Gary L. Whorton Personal Service Award.
The award, presented by MPUA, recognizes an individual with a utility in the Alliance who has
actively participated for at least five years and whose special public
or community service has been a credit to public utilities. In leadership roles for
MPUA, Jim Gillilan served for six years as an executive committee officer on the
board of the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission
(MJMEUC) including a year as MJMEUC chair in 2016. He served previously on the MJMEUC
executive committee as a member at large, secretary/ treasurer, and
vice-chair of the board.
Fall, the Chillicothe FFA presented the Chillicothe Police Department and
the local Kiwanis with a check for $1200 to support the Kiwanis' Shop
with a Cop program. The FFA members raised these funds from their annual mud
volleyball tournament held this September. The shopping event is
for children in the community whose families could benefit from an extra boost during the
Christmas season. The children are partnered with adult members of the Chillicothe Police Department, the Livingston County
Sheriff's Office, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Local businesses
sponsored a pit during the mud volleyball tournament: Trans Ova Genetics, Farm Bureau Insurance, FCS Financial, Hale Variety Store, Sydenstricker John Deere Chillicothe, T & R Soil Service.
The American Legion Post 25 is
celebrating 100 years in Chillicothe. Chillicothe's American Legion Post 25 was established on
July 25, 1919, after 15 founding members signed the charter. The
first signature was from World War II Nurse, Emma Evans. Since 1924,
the American Legion in Chillicothe has supported a local American Legion baseball
team. Nationally, the program has produced 51 major league baseball
players, including Missouri's Yogi Berra. Berra, a famed New
York Yankees' player, whose real name was Lawrence Peter Bera, was
inducted into the Navy in 1943 as a gunners mate aboard a rocket
boat that was involved in the D-Day Invasion. The Legion also supports an Americanism Essay contest, Boys State, Cadet Patrol and Boy Scouts.