Volunteer Fire Chief Arrested, Then S...

Volunteer Fire Chief Arrested, Then Suspended

There are 9 comments on the FireFightingNews.com story from Nov 22, 2009, titled Volunteer Fire Chief Arrested, Then Suspended. In it, FireFightingNews.com reports that:

Veteran Mount Horeb Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Himsel has been indefinitely suspended after he was arrested earlier last week for disorderly conduct after an argument with a volunteer.

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Verona, WI

#1 Nov 26, 2009
there are two sides to every story. Himsel is a damn good Cheif
Another Volunteer

Madison, WI

#2 Nov 30, 2009
Yes, he is a damn good chief. If you weren't there, don't pass judgment. You have no idea the backstabbing a chief can be the victim of.
want the truth

Blue Mounds, WI

#3 Dec 2, 2009
This is an open forum to allow people to speak the truth as they see it. I want to know what is happening in this town? Why did the fire chief get ousted like that? Why did Mr frye the popular teacher at the H.S. get ousted in the same secretive way? Are these people serving this community? Aren't we the community? Why are we not allowed to know the truth?

Aren't we intelligent enough to be told the truth? Is it because we are being treated like children or are there those who do not what the truth to be known?

What do you think?

Madison, WI

#4 Feb 1, 2010
This is the weirdest town in the state. Nothing is done out in the open and for public comment. IT does not surprise me that this was handeled this way or that nothing is above board in Mt. Horeb. The citizens of town need to rise up and ask for transparency from their elected leaders and from the town.
Fire Service veteran

Waukegan, IL

#5 Feb 2, 2010
Our great friend Chief Himsel is gone. There will never be another Chief like him, or capable of the things that he was capable of. Though many will not want to hear it, I am guessing that, when the Chief was suspended, he went home with a broken heart that never mended, as the fire Service was his life. What he did in the meeting was, by law and practice, wrong. But I suspect, knowing my friend Chuck as I did, that his weakening health and tested resolve could find no other way to manifest itself against a person that he felt was terribly in error. This was nothing more than his passion for the fire service manifesting itself in possibly the only way that he had left, albeit wrong.
I wonder how those folks that worked against the Chief, without regard for the decades of selfless effort he had expended on FDMH, will truly feel in their hearts, knowing that their efforts at least in part helped to silence forever one of the greatest and most genuine voices in the midwest fire service .
May God Bless Chief Himsel, and may God help those who brought him down.
Darrell Graf

Bismarck, ND

#6 Feb 9, 2010
The enemy of the firefighter is not the fire, it is the politics.
Chief Himsel was a total champion with a heart of gold, and anyone that couldnt recognize that didnt know him very well.

The witch hunt in Mt. Horeb killed this man, he died of a broken heart - being away from :his family" at the Fire Department - what a tragedy.

"Justice grinds slow but exceedingly fine' rest in Peacace, Chief, we are with you as you are with us.

Darrell Graf, Chief
Fire Academy ND

United States

#7 Feb 25, 2010
sad because he loved the fire service so much it was his life praticly he was an amazing leader cheif and friend and any one who knew him liked him

Dodgeville, WI

#8 Apr 5, 2010
He was a very compassionate man. I saw this first hand. We have lost a man...again.
mike from Lucky Barneveld

Perry, MI

#9 Feb 4, 2011
I knew that cheif and he was very secretive about a lot of things. I don't think he was a good man. Sorry

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