CHATHAM, NJ - Colin Kidd became the third generation from his family to serve in the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department when he was sworn in to the department's junior auxiliary on Monday night at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting.
The 16-year-old Madison High student follows in the footsteps of his father, Don, who is in his 39th year as a Chatham Borough Volunteer Firefighter. His father is a former Deputy Chief and his uncle Kevin Kidd is also longtime member of the department. His late mother, Becky, served many years as a member of the Chatham Emergency Squad.
Also, one of Kidd's grandfathers is Kenneth Kidd, who was a Chatham Borough Police Officer and also a member of Chatham Borough Fire Department. His other grandfather - Harold "Dewey" Sheats - is a former Chatham Borough Fire Chief.
Kidd's uncle Lewis Sheats was longtime member of the Chatham Borough Fire Department and a career firefighter in South Orange. He made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty when he died while fighting a 1993 fire in Chatham.
Council member James Collander praises family who has served hatham Borough for many years