Hanover: Town swears in new fire chief

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A large crowd of about 60 people, including family, friends and fire fighters, turned out for the swearing in ceremony of Hanover’s new fire Chief Jeffery Blanchard at the selectmen’s meeting Monday night.

Town clerk Bob Shea administered the oath of office.

The new fire chief comes from a long family tradition of Hanover fire fighters and fire chiefs, including his father and brother.

Chief Jeffery Blanchard said, “My father became the fire chief in the 1970’s and served as the chief through 1985. My brother Ken became the fire chief in 2006 and will be retiring on June 30. So, I want everyone to know that I’m not currently the fire chief, but I will be on July 1. Ken’s the fire chief through June 30. I don’t want him mad at me, so I don’t get any Christmas presents or anything like that!”

Chief Jeffery Blanchard is taking over the job of his brother Chief Kenneth Blanchard, who is retiring after 41 years of service.

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