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Restful bench honors Rock Falls man who never rested

Chief George A. Logan Sr. –  July 8, 1927-May 14, 2018

ROCK FALLS – It's a fitting spot to sit and reflect on the life of a man whose dedication to his hometown knew no bounds.

A new bench near the antique firetruck in Centennial Park honors George A. Logan Sr., the city's former fire chief and longtime supporter of Coloma Park District.

Park board commissioners John Sigel, Bob Bubbers, and Don Stindt brought their idea to commemorate Logan to his family after his death May 14, 2018, at the age of 90.

The bench and plaque bearing his name were dedicated Sept. 18, with the three commissioners, plus Park District Director Tom Rynott and Logan's son and daughter-in-law, George Jr. and Linda (who's also a Park District commissioner), and daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Tony Poci, in attendance.

Logan, a 1945 Rock Falls High graduate, served in the Army during World War II, from 1945 to '47, marrying his high school sweetheart Pat in April 1946.

He was appointed acting Whiteside County coroner from 1953 to 1956 and served on the county board for 2 years, and was elected assistant supervisor of Coloma Township, justice of the peace, and constable in earlier years.

He also joined the Rock Falls Fire Department in 1953, was promoted to lieutenant in 1959, to assistant chief in 1970 and to chief in 1975, retiring in 1988 after 35 years. He was a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Illinois Professional Firefighters Association and the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, and twice served on the Illinois Fire Advisory Board.

After leaving the department, he worked for the state Office of the Fire Marshal in the Division of Petroleum and Chemical Safety, retiring in 1992.

Logan also was a member of the Rock Falls American Legion and the Rock falls Optimist Club, was a founding member of the Rock Falls Moose Club, and served the United Way board.

He headed the Rock Falls Civic Fund for several years and was awarded the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce Shoulder to the Wheel Award in 1984, and Meritorious Service Award in 2016.

He and his family donated land along U.S. Route 30 east of Rock Falls for a park that bears the Logan name; their donations over the years have helped build, improve, and keep Logan Park running, and have helped with other Park District projects.

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