2018 Grand Marshal: Chief John Hoovler

Photo of Chief John Hoovler

Chief John Hoovler started his fire career as a volunteer firefighter with the Johnstown Fire Department in 1974. He became a paramedic in 1978 and continued to volunteer until he was hired as Johnstown’s first fulltime firefighter in 1987. 

Chief Hoovler progressed through each position in the fire service including, firefighter/paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief and Chief. 

In 1993, Chief Hoovler took a part-time position at Worthington Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic. He was hired in 1994, by Madison Township as a fulltime firefighter/paramedic and continued to work part-time at Worthington.

He was hired and sworn in as Fire Chief of the Plain Township Fire Department October 1994.

He is married to his wife Kathleen. They have four daughters with eight grandchildren, six girls, two boys and two great-grandchildren, one boy and one girl.

In his spare time, he enjoys farming and raising beef cattle and occasionally going camping.