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Washington Residents Rally Around Fire Chief



He's the outgoing Washington Fire Department Chief, but a group of Mike Vaughn's supporters hope the City Council do something that lets him keep his post.

The Fire Department Board voted last month to not renew Vaughn's contract, a decision that has riled-up many residents and emergency personnel. An online petition appealing to the board to reverse its decision has garnered more than 1,200 signatures, and dozens of people plan to rally around the chief at the Council's meeting Monday night.

The Council technically has no control over the Fire Department, which is considered a private entity that contracts with the city.

Vaughn, the first full-time chief of the department, has held his position for six years. He was awarded the Firefighter's Medal of Valor last month for his actions during and after the Nov. 17 tornado.

His contract expires at the end of this month. The board made its choice based on an unspecified difference of opinion and the need for change at the top.

The City Council meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at Five Points.


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