Tiltonsville Fire Chief Doug Dugan Recalled as Leader, Mentor
The Tiltonsville Volunteer Fire Department is mourning the death of Fire Chief Doug Dugan, who died while responding to an emergency call Wednesday night.
Eric Potkoski, a fellow firefighter and Dugan’s son-in-law, said Dugan suffered a medical episode while responding to a boat fire in Yorkville on Wednesday.
Dugan, 62, had served as a firefighter for nearly 50 years. He began his career in 1972 with Glen Robbins Fire Department. He was also a former member of the Rayland Fire Department before joining the Tiltonsville Fire Department.
Potkoski said Dugan was dedicated to serving the community and helping those around him.
“He always looked out for everybody. He was very known in the fire service for his knowledge and training — he’s been doing this forever,” he added.
Many local fire departments took to social media to pay their respects and express their condolences to the family and friends of Dugan. The Brilliant Fire Department stated that Dugan was a “long time leader” in local fire service and a mentor to many.
“He will be greatly missed. Rest easy Chief Dugan. Our prayers to his wife and family as well as to his brother firefighters,” the department stated.
The Dillonvale Volunteer Fire Department stated that Dugan impacted many lives throughout the Ohio Valley.
“…Not just those you have served with or mentored but the citizens that you dedicated your time to serve. You are irreplaceable. We have memories now to look back on fondly. Thank you, God bless you Chief. Rest easy brother and please watch over us as we continue to do our best for our communities and each other,” the department stated.
The Bridgeport Fire Department also shared its condolences to Dugan’s family and fellow firefighters.
“Doug had a tremendous impact on many in the fire service and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Rest easy Chief,” the department said.
Those were just a few of the many departments around the Ohio Valley that posted their condolences on social media.
The loss of Dugan also was recognized at the state level. Gov. Mike DeWine ordered that the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Jefferson County, as well as at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus until sunset on the day of his funeral.
A celebration of Dugan’s life will be held from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Tiltonsville Volunteer Fire Department. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the fire department.