Farewell party honors Metsker

PLYMOUTH — The last day on the job for Plymouth Fire Chief Andy Metsker was marked with a gathering of city and county officials, fellow EMS and firefighters, city and county police officers, retired firefighters, family and community members — all of whom he calls friends.
Metsker is leaving the fire department where he started full-time in 2002 when Larry Starr retired. He became chief nearly four years ago when George Cook stepped down.
During the farewell celebration, Metsker said, “All of those here are fantastic people and I love them all. It’s been an honor to be a part of this special group.”
Although Metsker will no longer be chief, he does plan to reapply to be a volunteer firefighter at some point.
He has accepted a position with Gibson Insurance headquartered in Plymouth as a loss prevention consultant. The job will take him all over northern Indiana.
One of those especially close to Metsker is 29-year-veteran volunteer firefighter Art Jacobs.
Jacobs said, “For us (volunteers/staff) he has been an awesome leader. His main focus has always been to keep us safe.”
Jacobs said Metsker’s focus extends to the entire community as well.
He said, “He has looked after the public all the way around in both his work and volunteer service.”