Douglas J. Dugan, 62, passed away June 16, 2021, from a medical emergency, while responding to an incident.
Doug began his career in the fire service in 1972 with the Glen Robbins Fire Department. After his graduation, Doug served his country on the USS Carl Vinson, as a ship serviceman (SH3) from 1981-1985. While enlisted, he was able to serve alongside his lifelong friend Rich Hunker. During this time, Doug aided others in training during “General Quarters Trainings” aboard the USS Carl Vinson. This is where he found his passion for training with the fire service, which would become part of his life after the military.
Upon his return from the Navy, he continued his passion for the fire service by becoming involved in training of fire departments around the Ohio Valley with the Tri-County Fire School. In 2007, Doug earned the rank of chief with the Tiltonsville Volunteer Fire Department. Early on as chief he helped to establish the first set of standard operating procedures, as well as becoming a fire instructor in 2010. This is where he arguably made his biggest impact on the local fire service. Doug continuously pushed other firefighters and EMTs to further their careers with higher education and training. He led by example.
It was later in life that Doug found his second passion, his grandchildren, Owen (O-Bug) and Emma. Aside from answering calls for the fire department, nothing could get in the way of Doug spending time with his grandchildren, whether it was visits to the fire station or taking Owen for a round of golf (just to watch Pap “lose some golf balls”). Doug’s dedication to his wife, Peg, and family was certainly awe-inspiring, as he exemplified what it meant to be a loving husband, stepfather, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many.
He was the true definition of a leader and is sadly missed by his family, his community, and his fellow firefighters.