Hundred Fire Chief Proud of Accomplishments
Hundred fire chief Keith Williams is not a home grown Hundred guy, but since 1985 he has called it home. He was born 54 years ago at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton, Ohio the son of Ralph and Jeanine Williams. He grew up in Vermillion, Ohio, before moving to the Hundred area. Keith is married to his wife Darlene and together they have two sons, Tony and Josh, and a daughter Amanda. Tony is owner and director of Kesterson-Rush Funeral home in Rogersville, Pa. Josh works for the United States Postal Service in Norfolk, VA, and Amanda owns and operates “Katie’s restaurant in Mannington, WV. Keith served his country, spending three years in the U.S. Navy, and 12 years in the U.S. Air Force.
In 1986 just one year after moving to Hundred, Keith jopined the Hundred Volunteer fire department and in 1994 he bcame an E.M.T. He had reached the rank of Lieutenant with the fire department, but due to the passing of Chief Bert Anderson, he immediately begam taking classes to become qualified to hold the position of Fire Chief.
Williams is immensely proud of how far Hundred has come as a Department, from building a new fire station, obtaining a fleet of new trucks and up-dating other fire and rescue equipment to working with the firemenand women on getting their required training and certifications. He is especially excited about the junior firemen and women taking an interest in helping their community and volunteering their time. At the present time Williams said he has 25 active members in the department including three females and two junior female fire fighters.
The department currently has three firetrucks including a rescue truck. They also have one ambulamce in the building which belongs to the county.
Keith left the corporate world in November 2020 to return to EMS full time. He wanted to start an ambulance service within the fire department mainly due to lack of availability of medical resources in the Hundred area. He did not like the fact that patients were having to wait for an extended amount of time to be transported to the hospital, costing patients critical time that they may not have. Currently the fire department has two of their own ambulances and have responded to numerous calls as well as frequent fire calls.