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Pictured: Jack Condon and Dave Pederson
Pictured: Jack Condon and Dave Pederson
Dallas Fire & EMS Honors Retirees For Lifetime of Service (Photo) - 05/09/19

The City of Dallas Fire & EMS recently honored two special individuals for their exemplary lifetime of service to the Fire & EMS Department and the Dallas community. Over 130 people attended this event to celebrate the newest inductions to the Wall of Honor, Dave Pederson and Jack Condon.

Dallas Fire & EMS has been fortunate to have had Dave Pederson as a member for 29 years.  He has been a humble volunteer who has given thousands of hours to the organization and the communities they serve. Dave had a childhood dream of becoming a firefighter.  He moved to Dallas to become the Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church and found out that the community was served by a volunteer fire department. The roster was full, but the fire chief told Dave they needed a chaplain.  Dave’s response was, “I don’t really want to be chaplain.”  The chief replied, “I’ll tell you what.  I will make you a deal.  You be our chaplain and I will let you be a firefighter.”

Dave was asked to create a Chaplain’s Program for the organization and that led to several opportunities. Dave recruited other chaplains from the community to participate, provided training and mentorship, and served as a Chaplain for Dallas Fire & EMS for 29 years.  During his tenure with Dallas Fire & EMS, Dave would rise through the ranks of the organization serving as EMT, Firefighter, Engineer and Captain.  

Dave’s community participation wasn’t limited to Dallas Fire & EMS.   Dave was an active member of the Dallas Booster Club for many years. His work generated thousands of dollars for the high school athletic programs.  He was honored for his countless hours of service by being selected for the Dallas High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  Dave also served on the Dallas School District’s Citizens’ Oversight Committee, and was one of the founding members of the Dallas Community Foundation. 

Jack Condon served as a member of the City of Dallas Fire Department (DFD) from 1970 through 1994 and again from 2000 to 2003.  Over the years, he served in numerous roles in the organization including Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, and Battalion Chief. Jack responded to thousands of alarms, and spent countless hours on community service projects the DFD was involved in. 

Jack’s dedicated service to the residents of Dallas is unquestioned.  What set Jack apart from others are his accomplishments involving the fire service outside of the organization.  Jack was active for many years with the Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association and served as their President in 1976.  Jack also served on the National Volunteer Fire Council as State Director for Oregon from 1978 to 1994.  Perhaps the highest honor came in 1990 when Jack was asked by the White House to serve on the National Fire Academy Board of Visitors (BOV). Jack served on the BOV from 1990-1998.     

Jack had a passion to serve and wasn’t afraid of politics.  Jack was actively engaged for many years on a state legislative issue that lead to the creation of a Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) for volunteer firefighters. Thanks to Jack’s tireless work in the State Capitol, LOSAP became a reality for Oregon volunteer firefighters.

From a community perspective, Jack served as a member of the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Rotary, and the Dallas Kiwanis service organizations.  He served on the City of Dallas Planning Commission for 19 ½ years and also served on the Dallas School District’s Finance Oversight Committee. What is often unknown and overlooked are the countless hours Jack spent working across our state and nation on behalf of men and women who help their neighbors in time of need and are all proudly known by the same title, Firefighters.  Jack’s work has made a difference in our community and in the fire service around our state and nation. 

Dallas Fire & EMS created the Wall of Honor in 2014 to recognize members of the organization and distinguished citizens. The Wall of Honor is the City of Dallas Fire & EMS Department’s highest honor and is equivalent to a “Hall of Fame” award. The nomination and selection process is rigorous and the award is given only to those who have distinguished themselves with exemplary lifetime service to the fire and EMS department and the community. High standards of conduct, leadership, innovation, and accomplishment are essential hallmarks for those to be considered for this honor. 

No public funds were used to create, or maintain, this recognition program. Retired city manager Roger Jordan, former Mayor Jim Fairchild, and Dallas resident Art Johnson donated funds to make the Wall of Honor a reality. The Wall of Honor was created in honor and memory of Eldon Bevens who was actively involved in the community and fire department for decades. In 1944, Eldon joined the Army Air Corps and served with the 8th Air Force as a ball turret gunner on the Flying Fortress B-17. He was injured in France and was awarded the Purple Heart and Air Medal. Eldon worked at, and eventually purchased, Muir & McDonald Company, a leather tannery that was active in the community for many years. Eldon’s commitment to the fire department was endless and he was especially interested in preserving the history and antique apparatus of the volunteer organization that was created in 1878.


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