No. 806

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 18, 2008

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP— For many years, Bill Goff served Hamilton Township as assistant fire chief of its volunteer fire department.

Now, the fellow firefighters he once served with will honor him by naming a first response truck in his honor.

A ceremony dedicating Truck 806 in his memory will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the fire department on County Road 1A.

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Goff was shot to death at his home in March 2006. Hamilton Township Fire Chief Mike Pearson said since then, firefighters have been looking for some way to permanently memorialize their friend.

“He doesn’t even have a tombstone on his grave,” Pearson said. “We’ve got to name something after him.”

And this truck seems especially fitting. It is painted with flames and other hotrod motifs that Goff would have loved.

“He liked motorcycles and old cars and stuff,” Pearson recalled. “This one even has fuzzy dice in the windshield.”

And even years later, after this truck is taken out of use, another truck will be designated in Goff’s memory.

The public is invited to the ceremony.