(July 24) Past Chief Neil VanDyke was honored in a very special ceremony at this year’s Jefferson Township Day as he was named Citizen of the Year. Neil was honored for his service to the JTFD#1, as he completed his fifth term as Fire Chief in 2005. Neil is the only chief in JTFD#1 history to have served as chief that many years. He is still an active member and has been appointed fire police officer as of 2006. Neil is universally respected, among his peers and friends who have served with him these past decades, and among the younger members, who look to him as a role model and a great public servant.