Archive for Thursday, January 13, 2005

Fire chief stays on the run

January 13, 2005

Rick Huhn has been fighting fires in Lansing since the United States' bicentennial in July 1976.

"The first year I worked here, we made 58 runs, and last year we made 676 runs," Hune said.

Since then, Huhn has found the camaraderie and familylike atmosphere among the crew a rewarding component of working for the Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1.

"We fight like brothers, but would do anything to help one another out."

It also helps that his son, T.J., works at the station. T.J. grew up around the station and would help wash fire trucks when he was younger. He officially began working as a volunteer with the department when he turned 18 years old. Now, Rick and T.J. Huhn are two of the training officers who help teach firefighting classes to volunteers at the station.

There is plenty of work in addition to fighting fires to keep the station and its crew of 29 busy.

Even though Rick is the captain, he said he was still as involved in the daily tasks, such as maintaining vehicles, testing hoses and painting hydrants, as any other member of the crew.

"Officers get just as dirty as anyone else," Rick Huhn said.

Name: Rick Huhn

Address: 601 N. Second Terrace.

Occupation: Fire chief, Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1

Graduate of: KCKCC

Family: wife, Terry; two children: a daughter, Rachel; a son, T.J.

How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here? Since 1974, to be closer to my job in Kansas City. He worked for SBC for 33 years.

What do you like most about Lansing? Small town, closeness, ability to be involved with the community

What do you do to relax? Spend time with my wife

What would surprise people about you? A quirky sense of humor

What organizations or clubs do you belong to? Previously on the Lan-Del Water Board, Parks and Recreation Board and Planning Commission, but now the department takes up his free time.

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