2017-09-07 / Front Page

A special thanks to our heroes

Dear Editor,

I would like to extend a special thank you to some hometown heroes. The Atlas Twp Fire Department (ATFD) had 3 special members retire recently that have been a great asset to this community and will be missed immensely. They deserve to be recognized more for their service than a generic letter sent in the mail.

Lt. Terry Castor and Firefighter Len Thiel joined the ATFD 21 years ago. Chief Fred Forys has served for 34 years. I graduated the academy with Len and Terry and have charged into numerous burning buildings with them at my side for the last 21 years. We have left our families behind in the middle of the night and on holidays and birthdays to serve the community.

The things chief Fred Forys has accomplished in his time with the department would consume this entire newspaper. What makes these three special is not only what they have done on the fire scene but what they have done behind the scenes.

They have all worked so hard on and off the clock making sure we have better equipment, better trained firefighters and a better overall department. They have also been responsible for raising money for several charities within Genesee County and putting on numerous community events. They will be missed more than you or they will know. Although we are saddened with their departure, we are all better off for having them in our lives. If you know who they are, please give them a well-deserved thank you for all that they have done and sacrificed for Atlas Township. Thank you.

Captain Ed Klimek
Atlas Twp Fire Department

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