It is with deep regret that the Vernon Fire Department announces that Fire Police Captain Merle L. Nell has answered his last alarm. On November 29, 2016, after becoming ill while working on a mutual aid fire call with his fire department, Fire Police Captain Nell passed away in the hospital from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. Nell, 78, served the department for 51 years and was a life member. He was currently the department’s fire police captain.