Chimacum: Firefighters honor ‘stabilizing force’ by renaming fire station in his honor

CHIMACUM — When Wally Westergaard of Chimacum died earlier this year, Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 lost a “stabilizing force,” not to mention a good friend.

Westergaard was a commissioner for the district for more than 40 years.

On Saturday, the district dedicated its headquarters station in memory of Westergaard — a man who served the community long before 9-1-1 became synonymous with emergencies.

About 75 community members, including current and former firefighters, attended an open house to recognized Westergaard.

A large sign now adorns the east side of the building at 9193 Rhody Drive, proclaiming it to be W.O. Westergaard Station 11.

Westergaard, 82, died March 4 of brain cancer.

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