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Weathersfield looks to dedicate bridge to fallen Fire Chief Pugh

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Trustees in Weathersfield Township are hoping to honor the efforts of former Fire Chief Randall Pugh. 

Trustees are looking to get county approval to rename a bridge on Austintown-Warren Road renamed in honor of Pugh. 

Steven Gerberry, a trustee for the township, says Chief Pugh was instrumental in trying to get the bridge repaired. 

Pugh, who served as the Weathersfield Township Fire Chief for nearly 20 years, passed away in April after losing a battle to cancer. 

He was certified by the State of Ohio as a Paramedic in June of 1979 after attending The Stark County Paramedic Program. Chief Pugh was one of the first Paramedics in Trumbull and Mahoning County.

He joined the Mineral Ridge Fire Department in May of 1977 and was appointed to the rank of lieutenant in 1980, where he served until 1983 when he was promoted to captain.

He held that position when Weathersfield Township formed a fire department in 1999.

Pugh was hired as the Fire Chief on October 13, 1998, and was the Chief Operations Officer for Lane LifeTRANS Paramedic where he had been employed since 1979.

The repairs to the bridge are expected to be completed in August, just before school starts. 

Gerberry said at that point they hope to have a dedication ceremony. 

The measure must be approved by the county engineer and the county commissioners before that ceremony could happen. 

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