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Retired Sugarcreek Fire & Rescue Chief James Harrison died November 5th, 2019, at 64, leaving behind a 42-year legacy of public service. 

SUGARCREEK - Firefighters in Sugarcreek are mourning the loss of a friend and mentor with the passing of retired Chief James Harrison.

The 64-year-old Sugarcreek Fire and Rescue veteran died Tuesday leaving behind his wife, daughter and several extended family members. Chief Kevin Miller says Harrison's passing is a tremendous loss for the department and the Sugarcreek community.

"We will forever be indebted to Jim for the service he provided. The Sugarcreek Fire Department would not be where it is today without his hard work, commitment, and sacrifice,” he says.

Harrison began his 42-year career with Sugarcreek Fire and Rescue in 1978. He was promoted to chief in 1992 and oversaw an era of exponential growth during his 24-year tenure. He also spent time as a volunteer EMT for Swiss Valley EMS and the Garaway schools fire prevention coordinator. 

Calling hours are Saturday from 1 to 4 and 5 to 7 at Sugarcreek United Church of Christ, with a celebration of life service happening at the same location Sunday at 1.