Winamac Town Council Approves Fire Chief’s New Hires

There will be a handful of new faces on the Winamac Volunteer Fire Department, following a decision made by council members Monday night.

Fire Chief Bill Weaver came before the board to discuss a recent application process that resulted in four individuals being selected to join the department.

The chosen applicants are Cody Fox, Brandon Degroot, Frances Check and Cody Spencer. Chief Weaver said all of the applicants were very energetic during their interviews and they seemed like they’d all be good fits for the department. Continue reading

One Dead, Following House Fire near Medaryville

A house fire in rural Medaryville has claimed a life. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office says it happened Monday afternoon around 2:30, in the 9000 block of County Road 300 North. When Medaryville firefighters arrived, they reportedly found a deceased victim inside the home. The victim’s name has not yet been released. The Sheriff’s Office is helping with the investigation.

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Winamac Town Council Acknowledges Generous Donation from Mooi Family

Winamac town officials expressed gratitude toward the Mooi family when members met Monday night.

Clerk-Treasurer Melanie Berger explained that two departments will soon receive some funds as the result of a generous posthumous donation from a local couple who passed away last year.

Berger told members, “The Winamac Volunteer Fire Department, along with the Winamac Police Department, they were beneficiaries to the Henry Mooi and Alice Mooi revocable trust.” Continue reading

Winamac Town Council Approves Fire Department Contracts

Three township fire department contracts were approved during the Winamac Town Council meeting Monday night.

Town Council president Tom Murray asked if the contracts were the same as last year. Clerk-Treasurer Melanie Berger confirmed that the contracts remained the same with Franklin Township paying $9,283.92 as an annual service fee, Rich Grove Township has a yearly contract fee of $3,664.38 and the contract for Tippecanoe Township lists a $2,174.42 yearly charge. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council Approves Firefighter Recommendations

The Winamac Volunteer Fire Department is now two members stronger after town council members approved recommendations submitted by Fire Chief Bill Weaver at their meeting Monday night.

Weaver explained that officials with the Fire Department have recently been interviewing prospective applicants. He said the two individuals they found who seemed like they’d be a good fit were Brittany Rotering and Blake Sowder. Continue reading

Winamac Fire Department Explores Aerial Truck Purchase

The Winamac Volunteer Fire Department is exploring the purchase of an aerial truck. Fire Chief Brian Guzman told the town council Monday the recent downtown fire brought the need to the forefront.

“From the time you call one in, it’s you know a good 20 minutes to get here,” Guzman said. “Knox is usually our first one. Reason being, that is they know their stuff, they work with us well. We can tell them where to go, they know the hydrants, whatever. Bass Lake was the other one.” Continue reading

Fire Destroys Rural Winamac Home, Cause Under Investigation


Firefighters from three departments spent four-and-a-half hours battling a house fire southwest of Winamac Tuesday afternoon. A neighbor called 911 at 3:30 p.m. and told dispatchers the home at 7948 South 475 West was fully engulfed. The Star City Volunteer Fire Department responded and requested tanker support from the Winamac and Buffalo Fire Departments. They ended up filling their trucks at the boat launch in Pulaski in order to more quickly get water to the scene. Pulaski County REACT also assisted by directing traffic. There’s no word yet on a cause. No injuries were reported. The firefighters left the residence at 8 p.m.