2017 Grand Marshals
Grand Marshal's are Joshua Daugherty, Jeff Lane, and Edward Opp.
Joshua Daugherty, was raised in Ohio County, and graduated Rising Sun High School in 1993. Josh received his Associates Degree
in Criminal Justice, at Vincennes University, in 1997. Josh worked at the Eastern Kentucky University Police Department in
Richmond, KY from 1997-2000, completing his education at EKU, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. From 2000-
2001, Josh worked with the Ohio County Sheriff Department before coming to Aurora Police Department in 2001. At Aurora PD, Josh
worked as a Patrolman, then Sergeant, and was appointed Chief of Police in 2014.
Josh is married to Mary Copeland Daugherty since 1995, lives in Ohio County and they have two children Daniel 16, a sophomore at
Rising Sun High School, and Megan 9, Grade 3 at Rising Sun Elementary School. Josh enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with
his family. The family has attended the Rising Sun Church of Christ for almost 20 years. Josh enjoys working with the Aurora Police
Department and serving the citizens of Aurora.
Aurora Fire Chief Jeffery Allen Lane is a 1983 graduate of South Dearborn High School. He joined the Aurora Fire Department Company 1
in September, 1986. He has been involved in the Department’s Fire Safety Program since becoming a fireman. Jeff graduated from the Indiana
Law Enforcement Academy in 1988 and joined Aurora’s Police Department. In August of 1993 he joined the Greendale Police Department.
Jeff was a K-9 officer and now serves as Greendale’s Assistant Police Chief.
His commitment to Aurora’s Fire department led to his appointment as Fire Chief in 2000 by then Mayor Richard Ullrich. Donnie Hastings, Jr.
continued this appointment when he became Mayor. During his 30 plus years as a first responder Jeff, and the department, have achieved many things.
Jeff has been an Indiana Certified Firefighter since joining the department. He has since become an Indiana State Certified Fire Instructor II/III
and most recently an Indiana State Certified Arson Investigator. He is also a Certified General Instructor for the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
Chief Lane was honored with an Indiana’s Jaycees Outstanding Young Hoosiers Award in 2001. In 2003 he received the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s
Medal of Valor. He was a recipient of the Indiana Fire Marshal’s Meritorious Service Award in 2010.
Jeff and wife Shana are the proud parents of Kalicia, Eric, Sara and Abigail and grandson Gavin. He enjoys working with youth, especially coaching
soccer and basketball. He was recently elected to the South Dearborn Community School Corporation Board.
Edward Opp is currently the President of Aurora Emergency Rescue. Ed came to Aurora EMS in February of 1989 because he was looking
for a way to better serve his community. Already a volunteer fireman for the Hogan Township Volunteer Fire Department, Ed quickly became
addicted to the excitement and satisfaction of helping others in the community in their time of need. Ed became an Emergency Medical
Technician in 1990 and his volunteer career flourished. Working up through the ranks of the fire department, Ed became Fire Chief and held
that position for many years, retiring as Chief from the Fire Service after a 30 year run in 2017. Ed continues his tenure with the Aurora
Emergency Rescue Service as an Emergency Medical Technician and President, a position that he has held for many years.
Ed has spent much time over the years working with community leaders, EMS and Fire organizations in a joint effort to improve the services
provided to the community. He has served on the Dearborn County Enhanced 911 Communications Committee, Dearborn County EMS Alliance, Dearborn
County Fire Chiefs Association, and the Dearborn County Hospital EMS Audit and Review Board.
Ed and his wife Monica raised their two children, Dustin and Kyle in the community they love. His wife and children have been very supportive
during Ed’s service to the community and they, themselves, have spent many hours volunteering their time for the Hogan Fire and Aurora EMS services.
While he loves fishing and the great outdoors, he especially enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren. Ed continues his community
service with Aurora Emergency Rescue as well as his career as a Commercial Marine Surveyor, Marine Accident Investigator and Private Investigator.