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Commission votes to pay Fire Chief

Pike County commissioners voted to pay Fire Chief Danny Henderson $1,500 per month at the Wednesday, Dec. 9 meeting. Henderson was a volunteer fire chief in Pike County for an entire year and has 23 years of firefighting experience. Commissioners voted 3-1 to approve the part-time compensation with Commissioner Tommy Powers casting the only opposed vote. ”The reason I oppose is we’ve got some 100 firemen here and they only get paid $10,” said Powers. “We just lost SPLOST, we’re looking at millions for a pipeline and somewhere we need to stop spending.” Commissioner Parrish Swift said thanks in part to Henderson’s work, he and other Pike homeowners will save money next year on insurance premiums because of the drop in the ISO. ”I’ve been impressed with the volume of work he accomplishes on a part-time basis,” said Don Collins. “He keeps Pike County records up to date and recently he’s made an application to have another step down in the ISO rating.”

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