Firetruck to be named in late assistant chief’s honor

The late Jack Fillman, former assistant chief for Lake County Fire Rescue. // Provided photo

A former assistant chief will be honored with a firetruck dedication by the Lake County Public Safety Department’s Fire Rescue Division.

Jack Fillman served the citizens of Lake County for 15 years and continued to work until just weeks before his death in 2015, a news release states.

The unveiling of a new firetruck and the dedication ceremony are scheduled for 9:30am Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Station 72, 12340 County Road 44, Leesburg. Lake County commissioners, public safety staff, colleagues, and Jack’s family are expected to attend the ceremony. The public also is welcome to attend.

“Engine 72 will be named ‘Jack’ after the late Assistant Chief Jack Fillman, who was responsible for adding the advanced life support service delivery to Lake County Fire Rescue operations,” Fire Chief Jim Dickerson says in the release. “It is only appropriate to dedicate this truck in his honor because of this being the fire unit that provided service to him and his family.”

County leaders and staff decided to honor Jack’s public service with the “push back” tradition, which pays homage to the days when firefighters had to detach the fire wagon from horses and push it into the station by hand.

Engine 72 will be the first to feature the new Lake County Fire Rescue graphics. Eventually, all trucks will be wrapped with the new design.