Quiet leadership and positive attitude are two qualities in newly installed Lt. Chad Marohl of the Liberty Township Fire Department.
Marohl, a member of the fire department since February 2005, was sworn in this week by Liberty Township Trustee Robert Mann.
Liberty Township Fire Department Chief Tim Jensen said that seeing firefighters take the next step in their careers is one of a few good days to look upon as chief.
“The rank of lieutenant is one that is the backbone of the fire service,” Jensen told the crowd that gathered to witness the occasion. “Used to the lifestyle of ‘being one of the guys,’ this role of responsibility is the first step into middle management.”
Former Liberty Township Fire Chief John Bernans, who retired in 2009, attended this week’s swearing in ceremony and recalled working with Marohl as a privilege.
Township trustees also approved the purchase of firefighter personal protective clothing replacement, also known as turn-out gear, for the amount of $120,784.66. The protective clothing consists of firefighting coats and bunker pants.
Ninety percent of the funds are provided by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the township provides a 10-percent match, Jensen told trustees. FEMA provides for 45 sets of turnout gear, and the township will pay for the remaining 16 sets.
In other business, the trustees approved additional funds in the amount of $58,592 for emergency asphalt work on Bryton Drive in the township. The engineering estimate came in $2,092 more than the previously approved amount.
Liberty Township Administrator Dave Anderson said that the work on the road has already begun and should be finished by Wednesday.