Washington Township

POSTED BY: News Department
Thursday, February 14, 2002 - 04:20 PM
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The fight between a domestic violence shelter in Zanesville and a volunteer fire department heated up Thursday. You may remember when we told you about plans by the Washington Township Fire Department to honor one of their firemen who was involved in a murder suicide last month. Fifty-nine year old Ron Melvin senior shot and killed forty-one year old Deborah Law and then turned the gun on himself. Shortly after the incident Washington Township Fire President Bo Keck said his department planned to place Melvin’s helmet on the wall in his memory. That infuriated officials at Transitions Domestic Violence Shelter and they started a petition to persuade the firefighters against that move. Before the petitions were presented Washington Township Firefighters voted unanimously to go ahead with their plan. Barb Davis is the Executive Director of the shelter and she’s not happy. Washington Township Firefighters refused an interview. The helmet will go on the wall in memory of Melvin for his years of service to the department. It will be placed beside the one for his son Ricky Melvin, who died of cancer.

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