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Chief Krouse recalls first duty


September 19, 2019

Colfax Fire Volunteer Jim Krouse, who was honored for 50 years of service at Sunday’s fire department open house, noted his first attempts to join the department stalled out because he was unable to get away from his job during the day to respond to calls.

Krouse recalled he was out walking his dog when he came upon a scene where firefighters were rolling up a hose after fighting a commercial building fire where Rosauers is now located. He helped roll up the hose, and the following Tuesday he was accepted into the fire department. That was in 1969, and Krouse is still serving as a volunt...

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