Firefighters Recognized for Animal Escape Efforts

by Kim Tewalt on December 22, 2011 at 8:35 am

Two Zanesville volunteers are being recognized for their assistance in the exotic animals release in Muskingum County.

The Muskingum County Commissioners declared December 22nd as "Jacob Gates and Jordan Jasper Day". Gates and Jasper are volunteers at the Falls Township Fire Department, who helped with emergency communication when Terry Thompson released 48 exotic animals form his property on Kopchak road in October.

"Very chaotic, very chaotic." recalled Jasper. "Sheriff Lutz did a great job working with his command staff, and everybody made it so much easier for us and the rest of the staff. It was just chaotic. That’s about the only word for it."

Gates and Jasper were responsible for answering phones, sending signals over the radio, and logging the incident. The Commissioners presented both volunteers with certificates for their achievement.

"It was definitely unexpected. I don’t think it’s really necessary." said Gates. "I do it every day because I love what I do, not for any recognition or anything, but it’s really great what the commissioners did for us."

Gates also received an award for his involvement in an Eagle Scout project that restructured the fire hydrant system in New Concord.