On August 24, 1980, Bath Township Fire Department suffered its first line of duty deaths. Firefighters Bruce Harrod and Steve Jordan, who also served as divers on the department’s Dive Rescue team, were assisting the Allen County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at the Ford Motor Company Lima Engine Plant quarry in search of a homicide weapon. During the dive, Jordan and Harrod encountered an unknown problem and failed to surface. Fire department personnel on the scene were able to bring them to the surface,but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.
A permanent monument to both firefighters is located in front of the fire station at 1787 N. Dixie Hwy., Lima, Ohio.
A memorial to Bath Township Firefighters who have died in the line of duty is located near the front entrance of the fire station.Bath Township Fire Chief Joseph Kitchen makes some remarks during a ceremony honoring the 35th anniversary of the line of duty deaths of Bruce Harrod and Steve Jordan, on August 30, 2015.
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Lima, OH 45801
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