Edward “Butch” Akes joined the Xenia Volunteer Department in 1964.  At the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on Wednesday May 2, 2012 he submitted his resignation/retirement after 48 years of service.



The attending firemen and the audience gave him a standing ovation and many warm wishes were extended.



Not only had Butch served faithfully, honorably and bravely to protect the residents of the Xenia Fire Protection Service District, he had also taken it upon himself to maintain the housekeeping of the Fire House after each rental event. In this way the rent paid by the renters could go directly to the Volunteer Firemen with no deduction for custodian service.


Edward “Butch” Akes joined the Xenia Volunteer Department in 1964.  At the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on Wednesday May 2, 2012 he submitted his resignation/retirement after 48 years of service.

The attending firemen and the audience gave him a standing ovation and many warm wishes were extended.

Not only had Butch served faithfully, honorably and bravely to protect the residents of the Xenia Fire Protection Service District, he had also taken it upon himself to maintain the housekeeping of the Fire House after each rental event. In this way the rent paid by the renters could go directly to the Volunteer Firemen with no deduction for custodian service.

There was a fairly large audience at the meeting because at the Special Meeting held on April 20, 2012, Attorney Aaron Leonard had stated that the volunteers’ grievances had been aired at a Special Meeting on April 18, 2012 and, although unavailable at the meeting of the 20th., they would be in the minutes of the meeting of the 18th., to be offered for approval at the regular meeting. They were not.

After Attorney Leonard prompted President Edwin Henson to open the meeting, the minutes of the Meetings of April 4, 18 and 20, were presented to the Trustees. They were approved as written. They were not available to the audience for inspection. Asked if copies of the minutes were available, Attorney Leonard said that a copy of the minutes could be picked up from his office in Flora the next day. As it stands, this is entirely according to the letter of the open meeting laws and to some practices.

Copies of the minutes of the three meetings were obtained the following afternoon at Attorney Leonard’s office. They contained none of the firemen’s grievances. Again, they appeared to be perfectly legal but they directly contradicted the assurances given at previous meetings. The Trustees maintained their secrecy  to the public.

An agenda item under “Old Business” concerned issues with missing equipment; this had also been mentioned at the Special Meeting on April 18. Trustee Daniel Edgington heatedly pointed to a pair of fireman’s boots that he had brought in and said that the HT 1250 radio was in one of the boots and were no longer his responsibility.

Questioned by one of the volunteer firemen as to the whereabouts of a second radio, Edgington said it was installed professionally in his personal vehicle and he would not remove it until the Xenia Firemen paid to have it taken out.

Many members of the audience were amazed. Property of the Fire Department had been kept from their use since Daniel Edgington had quit as a volunteer; that it had remained in his possession until an agenda item was made to cause him to return some of the items. A Volunteer had volunteered to have a radio installed in his vehicle and, when he voluntarily quit the Department refused to return the property unless he was paid to do so.  And the Fire Department no longer had use of the equipment to potentially save lives.

Having heard this very apparent breach of ethics the remainder of the Board and their attorney said and did nothing.