Changes have occurred in leadership in the Highland-Pierron Fire Protection District.
Steve Plocher retired at the end of May, after 41 years as a firefighter, the last 20 as Highland-Pierron fire chief. He was also in the first district group to complete the first responders class in 1983.
The Plocher family has been extremely involved in the Highland-Pierron District. Steve’s father, Orville John, was among the first men to join the department in 1950 and served 37 years, retiring as a captain.
Steve Plocher will continue to farm west of Pierron.
Also retiring the end of May was Assistant Chief Dennis Wernle. He joined the department in March of 1987.
The new fire chief of the Highland-Pierron District is Phil Decker, who was a captain and has been a fireman for 13 years. Decker was appointed chief earlier this year by the district’s board of trustees.
A retirement party will be held in August in conjunction with an open house for the new firehouse currently under construction.