Paul Soles, Sr.

Fire Chief Paul Soles Sr was the first full time paid fire chief of the City of Ashland Division of Fire. Chief Soles was a World War 1 veteran, and served as a volunteer in the fire department upon returning from the war. He was an active member of the community and was well respected by the members of the department. The chief served on numerous associations including the Ohio State Fire Chiefs Association, as well as the International Fire Chiefs Association. The chief was found deceased on the morning of May 16th, 1959, in his home by his son who was also a member of the department. The night before the chief had responded to a fire that multiple members reported being sick after. After returning to the station from the fire he reported feeling sick and left early that day. The next morning he was found deceased.