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Elwood Indiana Fire Chief and Dept vehicle frequents Marshall, IL. –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On May 10, 2019


While visiting Marshall, Illinois today, I noticed what has become a frequent sighting of mine when I visit Marshall: An Elwood Fire Department vehicle…only this time I managed to get some pictures of it.

Turns out, Elwood, Indiana is around 139 miles or a 2 hour and 14-minute drive from Marshall according to Google (here).

I called the Elwood Fire Department and was notified that the Fire Chief was driving the vehicle. He is Chief Brad Compton (here) and was appointed as Fire Chief on Sep 1, 2011.

The Elwood Mayor, Todd Jones, was informed and told me that he would take care of it.

Chief Compton appears to be using this vehicle for a personal visit and to transport materials and tools for repairs/remodeling of an apartment on Plum Street, just down from the Post Office. I witnessed him pulling materials from the back of the truck, and there was plywood, a skill saw and table, and an extension ladder on the side of the apartment to allow access to the roof. It was quite apparent what he was doing. When he noticed I was taking pictures, he either went into the apartment or hid behind the truck.

I find it hard to believe a Fire Chief would think this is a proper use of a government vehicle to drive 139 miles (one-way) for personal visits and to work on a private building. Let’s hope this type of activity stops. It is bad for the taxpayer, and bad for the fire department.

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  • Theodore Hartke
    Posted at 23:16h, 10 May

    Holy Cow!

  • Cindy
    Posted at 00:14h, 11 May

    Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable! How have people become this stupid that they don’t understand God’s simple words? Thou shalt not steal.

  • Jake
    Posted at 06:59h, 11 May

    Elwood’s tax dollars hard at work.

  • Kirk Allen
    Posted at 07:57h, 11 May

    He was terminated the same evening.

  • Sandra Gray
    Posted at 07:59h, 11 May

    What an idiot. Elwood Fire Dept. Big red truck, sitting in Marshall,IL. He should be dismissed ASAP, and required to pay all expenses that are associated with this truck. Insurance, wear and tear, fuel and oil, etc. The taxpayers pay his salary, pay that back to the town of Elwood. Plus he should not be able to serve as another fire chief in any town.

  • PD
    Posted at 10:32h, 11 May

    Swift Justice. He was demoted the next day!

  • Roberta Hoheimer
    Posted at 19:02h, 16 May

    its really hard to figure people out today,try and figure out who is a crook and who isn’t.