Willard Airport has a new fire marshal, replacing John Riegel, after his 21 years in the job. John Cumbee was promoted to the position in March, after ten years on the job as a crash rescue security specialist and a security coordinator at Willard.
John has worked as a firefighter and administrator for the last 20 years. He started as a firefighter in 2002 and worked his way up to assistant chief, before coming to Willard Airport. He currently serves as the Illinois state coordinator for the aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) working group.
John says the best part of the job is working with airport employees, tenants, and travelers to promote the airport, ensuring its safety and security.