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Chief William C. Casey


Service: 10:00am Mon. January 29th, 2018
Location: St. Raphael Catholic Church

Casey, Chief William C., 86, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018 in his home. He was born August 9, 1931 in Springfield to John D. Casey, Sr. and Ruth Loretta (Haley) Casey. Chief Casey grew up on Irish Hill and attended St. Joseph School and Church. He graduated from Catholic Central in the class of 1949. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1950 and was stationed aboard the USS Fulton Submarine tender, Home Port in New London, Connecticut. Chief Casey was promoted to Boatswain Mate 3rd Class prior to discharge in December of 1954. During his enlistment he married his high school sweetheart Joanne (Johnson) in 1951. Joanne then moved to New London, Connecticut and established residence and was employed with Southern New England Telephone Company. Upon discharge he joined the Springfield Fire Department in April of 1955 and rose through the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief and on May 19, 1984 (his father’s birthday) he was promoted to Chief of the Fire Department. Chief Casey was most active at the local, state and international level. He served as President of the Clark County Fire Chiefs, Secretary Treasurer Ohio Fire Chiefs, Vice President of the Great Lakes International Fire Chiefs Association and in 1988 was appointed acting City Manager for the City of Springfield. As Training Officer in 1975, he established the Springfield Fire College, extending recruit training to 17 weeks, mandating physical fitness training, and received a $20,000 grant from Local Union Club for physical fitness equipment. He developed agility testing for new recruits and developed and published an emergency action guide to assist firefighter decision making in emergency incidents. As Chief of Department he initiated the First Responder Program which brought life support systems to citizens in 2-4 minutes and advanced life support in 4-6 minutes and launched a county wide Hazardous Materials Response Team. To enhance fire prevention education, especially for children, he enlisted a registered Dalmation puppy named “Ashes” to assist with the “stop, drop and roll” program and a contest involving children to name the Dalmation. “Ashes” was the winning name. Chief Casey was project manager for numerous improvements including the first computer aided dispatch for Police and Fire Divisions. He established standards for Firefighter protective clothing in the state of Ohio and the “Enhance 911” request for emergency services for the City of Springfield. Chief Casey developed the first 5-year, 10-year, apparatus replacement program for Springfield Fire Division and purchased three new engines, two medic units and rehabbed two engines. Under Chief Casey’s leadership the Fire Department was awarded a Class 2 insurance rating which provided a 6% reduction in insurance rates for citizens and commercial institutions. Springfield was one of fifteen in the nation with a Class 2 rating. His concern for buildings that housed the elderly and their life safety in the event of fire, through his efforts automatic sprinkler systems were installed in Tubman Towers and Grey Hill Homes. In September 1989 Chief Casey was entered into the Ohio Fire Service Hall of Fame for his leadership and milestone contributions to the fire service. The award is presented by the Ohio State Fire Commission. Upon retirement in 1989, Chief Casey joined the Lion Apparel Manufacturing Company, specializing in firefighter protective clothing. In 1992 he founded Phoenix Safety Outfitters, specializing in cleaning, repairing and marketing firefighter protective clothing. In 2010 he retired to be with his bride of 66 years and his beloved German Shepherd, Basil. Survivors include his wife Joanne (Johnson); three children, Dennis (Cathy) Casey, Kevin (Sherry) Casey of Marshville, North Carolina and Kathleen (Mark) Tayloe; eight grandchildren, Brian (Jenny), Dan(Megan), Meredith (Adam), Alex, Sean (Kayla), Natalie (Andy), Annalise and Kyle; six great grandchildren, Dillon, Rosie, Lilly, Olivia, Cecelia and Corban and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John; four sisters, Betty Hughel, Mary Louise Brust, Patty Siratt and Ruth Lee. Visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday in CONROY FUNERAL HOME with a firefighter turnout service at 5:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday in St. Raphael Church. Burial will be in Ferncliff Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Raphael Church, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton or Memorials Processing St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959.
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Dennis , Sorry to learn of your Dad's passing . My prayers are with you and your family . Fritzie

- Fritzie Calabrese Hagan, Tuesday January 30th, 2018

Praying God'S Blessings for family. Tony Schneider

- Anthony Schneider, Monday January 29th, 2018

To Meredith and all of the Casey family, may you all find peace and comfort in the days ahead as you deal with the loss of Chief Casey. He was a great man who helped develop firefighters and initiatives to improve the delivery of services far beyond the City of Springfield. I am honored to have met him and work with him during my career. May God Bless you all during this time.

- Clifford L. Mason, Retired Fire Chief, Monday January 29th, 2018

Our prayers and thoughts are with you at the passing of Chief Casey. He was a true hero to me and taught so many of us what the love of the fire service means. Those of us that were fortunate to have him teach and guide us are better at what we do because of him. We will all celebrate his life because he made such an impact on ours. May Gods peace and blessings be with you during this time of loss and know that heaven is a safer place. Our family sends our love to yours. The family of Ret. Capt. David and Patricia Torsell

- Ret. Capt. David and Patricia Torsell, Monday January 29th, 2018

Praying for your family, God Bless. The Gallo Family

- Joe Gallo, Monday January 29th, 2018

Kevin, Sherry, & family we are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Sounds like he was an amazing man that lived to help others. May our Lord hold you near through these coming days & keep you safe as your travel back home. You are all in our thoughts & prayers. Love ya'll. Joy, Teresa, Will, & Katie

- The Autry Family, Sunday January 28th, 2018

So very sorry to hear about Chief Casey passing. What a great leader and friend to the fire service and a great man! Chief Bill Casey hired me in 1984 for the Springfield Fire Department and was an inspiration throughout my career. Prayers and thoughts for the family at this difficult time. God Bless you all Jeff

- Jeff Lyday, Sunday January 28th, 2018

- Joyce purser , Sunday January 28th, 2018

I am sorry for the families loss. Chief Casey was a great man. Enjoyed seeing him and listening to his stories when I had to come into Phoenix Fire. He was a great Chief , husband, father and man. He will be greatly missed by all. God Bless. RIP Chief Casey.

- Bethaney Allen, Saturday January 27th, 2018

Rest in peace.

- Michael Haytas (ret. Sgt. SPD), Saturday January 27th, 2018

I was sorry hear about Chief Casey, but happy to hear he lived a good long life! I always enjoyed working with him at City Hall while I was there. Our thoughts are with his family.

- Ann Armstrong, Saturday January 27th, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss, may God bless and keep the family at this time.

- Tommy Neisler, Saturday January 27th, 2018

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I have known Chief Casey many years through the years in the fire service. He was a very professional ,proud, and a great friend.

- Randall L. Staley , Saturday January 27th, 2018

I spent many days with "Casey" & considered him a good friend. Through the OFC, I did several personnel interviews that always ended in a great sadnwitch bar. My prayers are with the family, I'm certain he will be greatly missed.

- Chief Charles Beason, Ret., Saturday January 27th, 2018

I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

- Melissa Johnson, Friday January 26th, 2018

Rest easy Chief we will take it from here

- Brad swaffer, Friday January 26th, 2018

May God provide comfort to the family during this time. Bill was a great mentor in the fire service and always enjoyed stopping by Phoenix Fire and visit with him.

- Tom & Pat Dever, Friday January 26th, 2018

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family.

- Paulette Moore, Friday January 26th, 2018

To The Casey Family, Lloyd and I would like you to know how sorry we were to hear about Mr.Casey. He has had such a wonderful life filled with adventure and love from all who know him. Our Prayers are with you for comfort during this difficult time. Lloyd and Norma Broome, Rock Hill, SC (Kevin and Sherry Casey's cousins)

- Lloyd and Norma Broome, Friday January 26th, 2018

- Joan !, Friday January 26th, 2018

Bill was my Lt, Capt, Plt Chief Asst Chief and Chief. I was proud to call him my friend.

- Ed Willeman, Friday January 26th, 2018

Joanne, I am so sorry hear of Bill’s death. I will pray for you and You and your family.. Love, Joan

- Joan (Kenney) Canavan, Friday January 26th, 2018

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