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'Butch' Giarth's Passing Leaves 'Unfillable Void' in Freedom Township


January 14, 2021

Rick Boston

Members of the Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company stand at attention during the memorial service for Daniel "Butch" Giarth. Giarth, a long-time member of the fire company and Freedom Township supervisor, died on Dec. 30 at the age of 61.

Freedom Township said goodbye on Friday, Jan. 8, to Daniel "Butch" Giarth Jr., a man who Pastor Ed Jeliff said "breathed life" into his community.

Township officials, along with firefighters, family, and police officers from across the Cove, gathered at the Freedom Township Fire Hall to pay tribute to Giarth, a long-time Freedom Township supervisor and volunteer firefighter who passed away on Dec. 30 at the age of 61.

Ed Bender served with Giarth as both a supervisor and a firefighter. Bender said there was nothing Giarth wouldn't do for the betterment of both organizations and showed that...

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