After 19 years of service as Oberlin’s assistant fire chief, Sue Hiesser is hanging up her gear.
She announced her retirement Sept. 1. Fire chief Bob Hanmer said Heisser was a huge asset to the department for the past two decades.
When she took the firefighting entrance exam 29 years ago, very few departments had any women filling the ranks. But Hiesser wasn’t looking to break ground — she was just curious about whether she could pass the exam.
During her career, Hiesser was recognized for her work with children.
“She was great with fire prevention,” said Hanmer. “Part of her background was elementary education, and she really had a passion for getting out to the schools and teaching kids how to be safe.”
He said Hiesser had been thinking about retirement for a quite a while.
“When you get up there in those years and you realize that this is a young person’s career, you know when it’s time,” he said. “We really appreciated her, and she will be missed.”
Hanmer is waiting for the job description to get finalized before inquiring a promotion.
Laurie Hamame can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @HamameNews on Twitter.