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Police and fire



City fire commission looks to fill vacancy

The Fort Wayne Fire Merit Commission is seeking a new member for its five-person board to vote on matters of hiring, promoting, evaluating and disciplining fire department personnel.

The new member will replace Abner Crosby, a retired Fort Wayne firefighter who was on the board for four years.

To qualify for the position, applicants must be at least 21 years old, have lived in Fort Wayne for at least the past three years, voted Republican in the past three primary elections, be of good moral character and may not be a city employee.

The position is an elected position chosen by Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters Local 124.

Three members are appointed by the mayor and two elected by the firefighters union.

Interested candidates should submit a résumé to or mail résumés to 1405 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN 46802. The application deadline is Friday.

For more information, call IAFF Local 124 at 424-2450.


Rising costs close LaGrange campsite

The primitive campground at Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area in Mongo in LaGrange County will close next month, officials said Tuesday.

The 44-site campground will close March 1, according to a release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and will be converted to a wildlife habitat.

Pigeon River FWA was established in 1956 when three impoundments in the Pigeon River Valley were given to the state, according to the DNR website. These included Mongo, Nasby and Ontario reservoirs.

The closure is due to increased operating costs, declining revenue, growing maintenance needs, staffing constraints, fewer users and the availability of other campgrounds nearby, according to the release.