Newest firefighter brings wealth of experience



HUNTINGBURG — Its newest firefighter, Mike Ciraulo, brings a wealth of experience to the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Ciraulo, who was sworn in Thursday morning at the Huntingburg Board of Public Works meeting, has been a firefighter for 34 years, retiring last year as fire chief in Pendleton, Oregon.

He and his wife, Gilda, moved to Huntingburg recently to be closer to their son and grandchildren, who live here. They also have a daughter in Portland.

“Our only grandchildren are here,” he said. “That is our priority, to adore and love our two grandchildren. And the third one is on the way.”

Ciraulo started his career as a paramedic, and it was a television show that motivated him.

“What inspired me was the old TV show ‘Emergency,’” he said. “I grew up watching that. And that inspired me to want to be one of those guys. I ended up doing that.”

So that’s what he did, becoming a firefighter paramedic after high school. He worked in Los Angeles, Washington State and Oregon before retiring last year.

“I had opportunities to leave the profession many times for better paying jobs,” he said. “But being a firefighter is who I am.”

So when he and Gilda moved to Huntingburg, he knew he wanted to be part of the Huntingburg force.

“I told the chief, ‘I don’t care if you want me to clean toilets. I want to serve,’” Ciraulo said. “I love the job. I love serving the community and I want to keep doing that as long as I am able to.”

The public works board also:

• Approved conditional offers of employment as police officers to Stephanie Alexander and Jason Haycox. With that, Police Chief Art Parks said there is one more position still open and a possible position may become available by June.

• Agreed to open bids for improving Third Street from Chestnut to Walnut streets. Old, failing material underneath the road will be removed and replaced and the road will be repaved. The bids will be opened at 10 a.m. May 31 at City Hall, 508 E. Fourth St. The majority or the cost will be covered by a state Community Crossings grant.

• Learned that the street department has moved most of its equipment into its new home, 415 W. 19th St., and is operating from the facility. The move will be completed in the next month, Street Superintendent Jason Stamm said, and an open house will likely be held in May.

• Heard that the fire department’s old firetruck has been sold and sent to the fire department in Shoals.

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