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Retired Sunnyside fire chief, 85, dies

The family and friends of former Sunnyside Fire Chief Don Smith are mourning his death this week.

He died this past Tuesday and services will be held at Smith Funeral Home next Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m.

The Sunnyside Fire Department, said Firefighter Dennis Blumer, will attend the funeral service in formal attire.

“We will have the 1952 Seagrave (fire engine) there, too,” said Blumer.

Smith joined the Sunnyside Fire Department as a volunteer in 1947. He was hired full-time in 1952.

“He drove the Seagrave from the manufacturer to Sunnyside,” said Blumer.

Smith retired from the Sunnyside Fire Department in 1979.

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