On January 8, 2024, the Atwater Fire Department announced that Chief Tom Nellis retired after 30 years of service. He joined the team as a volunteer in 1993 and served as a devoted member before moving through the ranks as Lieutenant, Assistant Chief and Interim Chief, before he was appointed Fire Chief in 2021. Nellis also served on the Portage County Fire Investigation Unit from 2010 until its dissolution earlier this year. Thank you Chief Nellis, for your many years of dedicated service!

– Submitted by Lindsay Davis, Paramedic, FFII, FSI