North Judson Fire Chief Highlights Recent Hose Training, Commends Firefighters on Educational Progress

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Fire Chief Joe Leszek shared some updates about the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department when the town council met last Monday.

Chief Leszek highlighted some hose technique training that the firefighters participated in during the month of September. He explained that the techniques that were taught are ones that are frequently utilized by the Valparaiso Fire Department. Continue reading

Materials From Old North Judson Fire House Used for Memorial Wall, Fire Chief Shares Grant Success

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The North Judson Fire Department plans to commemorate their old firehouse with a monument in front of the new building. At Monday night’s North Judson Town Council meeting, Fire Chief Joe Leszek explained that some material from the old firehouse was retrieved during the demolition process.

Leszek told members, “When the old firehouse was torn down, some of our members went over there and we salvaged some of the limestone and it was always our plan to build a small little memorial wall.” Continue reading

North Judson Man Arrested on Arson Charge

A North Judson man is currently being held at the Starke County Jail on a preliminary charge of arson, a Level 4 felony, after he allegedly confessed to starting a fire at the old Craven’s factory back in September.

According to information disclosed by Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin, on Monday, October 23rd detectives with the Starke County Sheriff’s Office were in the process of conducting interviews with possible suspect(s) about numerous burglaries within the county.

During questioning, 19-year-old Jacob Carter allegeldy confessed to starting a fire at a building in North Judson. Carter reportedly admitted to lighting a fire which led to a large pile of tires burning, according to the release. Continue reading

North Judson Fire Chief Urges Caution Against Brush Fires


The North Judson Town Board this week heard from Fire Chief Joe Leszek, who informed the board that most of the fires that the department has been dealing with lately have been brush fires, and he is emphasizing the need for caution this time of year because of how dry the environment is. Dry leaves and brush can easily ignite, and Leszek is urging residents to err on the side of caution when dealing with anything flammable outside.

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Robert Rozhon Receives Larry Hartley-Striker Award

Back Row: James Minkert, Rick Minkert and Chuck Lovins. Front Row: Floyd Burton, Robert Rozhon and Grover Goetz

In a ceremony held at the Knox South Side Fire Station Sunday, Starke County Honor Guard member, Robert Rozhon, of North Judson, was presented the Larry Hartley-Striker award for service to the unit.

Mr. Rozhon, 79, is a charter member of the award winning organization. He was a member of the San Pierre Fire Department from 1963-1976, and the North Judson Fire Department from 1976-1997.

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Fire Destroys Bass Lake Home

The Bass Lake Fire Department was called to a house fire at 6560 S. State Road 10 at Bass Lake. Fire Chief, Les Jensen, told WKVI that the two-story brick home was a total loss. The Fire Department battled the blaze for about 45 minutes before it came under control. Jensen said the home was a summer home owned by an Illinois resident. The preliminary cause of the fire is a lightning strike. The home was valued at at least $500,000. Continue reading