Front Line Heroes

Dan was elected Constable of Spalding Township in November 1984 and again in November 1988. He served as Constable for six years. Dan joined the Spalding Township Fire Department on December 5, 1985. He completed fire training levels A and B in 1986 (Fire Fighter I) and started teaching firefighter training through the Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council in 1989. He completed levels C and D (Fire Fighter II) in 1992. Dan is a fire officer 3 and fire instructor 2 certified by the MFFTC (Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council). He served as Captain and training officer of the fire department for 10 years and currently serves as Fire Chief. He is currently active with the department and has served as Fire Chief for 22 years.

He got his Michigan EMT license in September of 1987 and served with the Hermansville Rescue Squad actively running EMS calls for 20 years and although he is no longer active, has served a total of 30 years with the organization. He served as Vice President for 6 years and President for 4 years. Dan continues to hold a valid Michigan EMT/IC license. He got his Michigan EMS IC license (EMS Teaching license) in 2000 and has taught EMS classes for 20 years. H served as president of the Menominee County Firefighers and Menominee County Fire Chiefs Associations for 18 years. Within those 18 years Dan served as the volunteer fire service representative on the Menominee County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), Menominee County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and the Menominee County E911 Governing Board. He was on the E911 governing board when Menominee County created their 911 dispatch center. He served as a contract coordinator for the Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council administering fire fighter 1 and 2 state exams in Alger, Luce, Schoolcraft, Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee counties for 8 years. Dan served as the Upper Peninsula Vice President (UP representative) on the Michigan Fire Service Instructors Association board for 3 years. Dan is currently a lifetime member of the Michigan Fire Service Instructors Association. Dan was honored to be awarded UP Regional Fire Instructor of the Year in 2003 and MFSIA Fire Instructor of the Year in 2013 by the Michigan Fire Services Instructors Association. He has served as a volunteer reserve deputy sheriff for the Menominee County Sheriff Department since 2008. In this capacity he helps out at parades and special events where additional personnel are needed. He also conducts patrol of the rural areas of the county checking to assure seasonal properties are secure and checking business properties to assure they are secure. Dan also backs up the full time deputies when his assistance is needed. Dan has been in full time employment with the State of Michigan, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Fire Services, Fire Fighter Training Division since December of 2008. Here he assists in supervising 26 contract coordinators who administer fire fighter certification exams, review and recommend approval of fire instructor applications, review and recommend approval of reciprocity applications, assist firefighters with their fire training related inquiries, and deliver fire service courses related to certification, instruction, safety and leadership. 

Kevin is an EMT for Iosco County EMS. When he was first licensed, he jumped right in and made the commute to Detroit, doing three 24 hour shifts a week to get experience. After 8 months, he made the commute to Flint where he worked 72 hours a week, sometimes more for a year. He finally got the opportunity to work for a county service closer to home, and took it. Kevin has been at Iosco County almost 4 years, running on an ambulance 72+ hours a week. On Saturday nights during the race season, if he’s not working a county ambulance he can be found at the local race track doing EMS standby coverage for the night. Whether it’s a gun shot, stabbing, suicide, diabetic issue or just an elderly person that needs help getting up, his patient care is right where it needs to be, respectful and positive. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 3am call for an intoxicated person, overdose, or an upset stomach, everyone gets treated properly. This field is truly about helping others with no judgment being passed. Kevin has helped family, friends coworkers and pets. He has also lost the same on that list. Kevin states, “We cannot save everyone, and learning how to comprehend that and properly deal/cope is one of the biggest struggles we face on a daily basis. Some say this career field is a calling, I say it’s about doing what is right to help my fellow man. I would never make it in this field without the support of my wife. We hit our 22nd anniversary in August, and my best friend stands by my side, listens to me recall the bad calls and pushes me to be better. She is my rock, my support system I need to realize that I can only do what I’m trained to do. While this is a tough and demanding field, I can’t see myself being happy doing anything else.”

 

Adam served in the US Navy as an Aircraft Electrician’s Mate from 2002 until 2007 with Electronic Attack Squadron 139, when he transferred to the Us Naval reserve as an Equipment Operator with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25. Adam attended Northern Michigan University and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Production and New Technology, running the student news broadcast and the student radio station.Adam was hired as a 911 emergency dispatcher attached to the Negaunee Regional Communications Center of the Michigan State Police in 2014, and became a Communications Training Officer (CTO) in 2016 and as a CTO has helped train multiple new dispatchers for the Negaunee Regional Communications Center.During his time he has received multiple awards and acknowledgments from leadership in Lansing, including for his work with his crew in saving a woman whose vehicle had gone through the ice in L’anse Bay in Lake Superior, where he spent over 30 minutes on the phone with the woman until help could arrive out on the lake. Adam also received a professional excellence award along with other dispatchers from MSP and also from Marquette County Central Dispatch on Father’s Day 2018, where everyone involved answered hundreds of 911 calls and dispatched Police, Fire, EMS, and Municipal/Utility units throughout the Houghton and Hancock areas when massive rainfall over a short span of time caused massive flooding throughout the region. His work there kept the citizens as safe as possible and the casualties to a minimum.Adam also spent 5 years as a Firefighter on the Chocolay Township Volunteer Fire Department at one point becoming the Department Secretary and when he left was a Rescue Lieutenant.Outside of dispatching and Freemasonry Adam gives back to the community and the region as a USA Hockey Official, a position that he has had since the 1995-96 Hockey season and even attended a USA Hockey Instructor’s Camp in Lake Placid, NY in 2019, and has trained and mentored dozens of officials including some who have gone on to officiate in the American Hockey League.

 

Anthony has 25+ years experience as a Pump Operator/Paramedic with the City of Dearborn Heights and 12 years experience as an Instructor/ Coordinator teaching EMT/Paramedic classes at Schoolcraft College. Anthony brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the road as well as from the classroom.

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