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Air Force's loss is Cheney Fire's gain

New Fire Chief Tom Jenkins faces challenges


John McCallum

While not quite as archaic as one of Cheney Fire Department's original engines, new Fire Chief Tom Jenkins will have his hands full upgrading the department's equipment while boosting firefighting personnel levels.

After graduating high school in the early 1990s, Tom Jenkins spent a year at various jobs in the economically depressed region near Flemington, W.V. What jobs were available - working in a factory or in a coal mine - didn't appeal to him, and things seemed listless until one day when his father gave him an ultimatum.

"Dad said 'you've got to do something productive with your life so go to college or go into the service,'" Jenkins said.

Not believing he was college material, he chose the latter and began a 23-year career in the U.S. Air Force that culminated with being selected Cheney's new...

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