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Jerry Kainz, second from left, deputy fire chief for the Jamestown Fire Department, talks with Jim Reuther, Jamestown Fire Department chief, at a vehicle fire in 2009. Sun file photo / John M. Steiner

Deputy fire chief remembered for knowledge, compassion

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   Fire and other local officials are remembering the city’s deputy fire chief, Gerald “Jerry” Kainz, who died Monday at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

Kainz, 70, was a 46-year veteran of the Jamestown Fire Department.

Jamestown Fire Chief James Reuther said Kainz was sworn in as a member of the fire department on May 27, 1968.

“May 27 turned out to be a very important day for Jerry, as that was the same day he married his wife, Nadine,” Reuther said.

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Chris Olson
Hometown: Traverse City, MI College: Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University
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