Two long-time members of the East Alton Fire Department were appointed to new ranks at the monthly East Alton Village Board meeting Tuesday night. Lt. Jedediah Downs was appointed to Fire Captain and Engineer Eric Ruden was appointed Fire Lieutenant.
Ruden has been with the fire department for going on 16 years in October and prior to that he worked in an ambulance. He tells The Big Z what he looks forward to in his new role.
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Downs says he too is excited to fill his new position and is particularly excited to work with the new chief, Rodney Palmer. He also says he is looking forward to updating some of the department’s equipment and apparatus. October also marks an anniversary for Downs, who will have been with the department for 12 years.