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Ripon remembers retired fire chief
The familiar smile and wave by retired Ripon Fire Chief Ed Bynum is remembered as his hallmark by fire fighters and members of the community alike. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin
RIPON - Ed Bynum – retired Ripon Fire Chief – was memorialized Friday morning inside the fire engine bays of the headquarters station on Stockton Avenue.

Bynum was the chief who replaced Nick Van Dyken on his retirement from the department and followed by Chief Dennis Bitters.

Bynum was employed by the Nestles Coffee plant that was located to the rear of the fire department quarters and signed on as a volunteer firefighter – a career that would span some 26 years including being elevated to the chief’s position.

Playing a little pool in the department’s squad room was always a favorite activity when the chief had a little extra time.  An avid camper and fisherman, he enjoyed just tinkering around the house in his retirement.

A native of Oklahoma, he migrated to California with his family as a youth noting that the move was much like the movie, “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Bynum’s actual services were private.