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Poland twins join family tradition as Warren firefighters

September 11, 2019
Ed Runyan , The Town Crier

For the benefit of onlookers, identical twins Donald and Dominic Drummond, 20, wore different colored ties to their swearing in ceremony Tuesday as two of the three newest members of the Warren Fire Department.

It's hard to tell them apart, admits their mother, Vickie Drummond of Youngstown. The boys, the youngest of five children, live at home.

"These are my babies," she said, calling the recent Poland Seminary High School graduates "extremely identical." The Drummonds wore identical black suits, shirts and dress shoes. They also will work the same shift at the fire department.

Their mother said it is "extremely hard to tell them apart unless one of them changes their hairstyle."

When asked what it will be like for he and his brother to work together, Donald Drummond said, "We know how to work with each other. Sometimes we know what each other is thinking. We're always together."

Another multiple in the Drummond family is the number of other family members in the fire service.

Mike Drummond, Donald and Dominic's grandfather, is a retired 30-year member of the Youngstown Fire Department. His son, Jim Drummond, is a battalion chief. Mike Drummond has another grandson, David Cook, who is a captain with the Youngstown Fire Department.

Mike Drummond said he's "fine" with his grandsons working for the Warren Fire Department.

"Warren has a great fire deparment. I think they will do well," he said.

The other new firefighter is Matthew VanDevender, 20, a Howland High School graduate whose father, David VanDevender, is a longtime Warren firefighter. David VanDevender held the Bible as his son took his oath of office in Warren City Council chambers.

"I'm proud, very proud," David said of his son joining the department.

"It's something I have always wanted to do," Matthew said. "I always wanted to protect and serve." Father and son think Matthew's exposure to the Warren fire house as a boy inspired him. It was not uncommon for him to spend time there from age 5 to 13.

Fire Chief Ken Nussle said the hiring of three more firefighers brings the number to 65 plus him, bringing the department in line with the requirements of the department's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response grant.

Nussle said the grant has expired, but the department is applying to extend the it another six months.



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