Each year, a five member nomination committee comprised of two Lieutenants and two firefighters along with the Union President, submit not more than three names to the chiefs office for consideration. The Chief reviews these recommendations and makes the final decision on naming the firefighter of the year.
Nomination Committee: The nomination committee shall be comprised of 2 Lieutenants and 2 Firefighters that have been elected and voted on at the November union meeting submitted to the chief for concurrence. The Union President will be an honorary member of the committee. The members severing on the committee shall not be exempted from the award. The committee will gather information and input from the local prior to submitting the final names to the Chief’s office. In December of each year the committee shall select not more than 3 names that will be given to the Chief; the final selection will be made by the Chief.
Nominating Criteria: The nomination committee will select no more than 3 names to nominate to the Chief for his consideration. The committee will take into consideration significant contributions, achievements, character, and long term dedication of the individuals being considered. All on and off duty charity and volunteer work will also be taken into consideration Selection shall be based on the firefighter’s performance of duties, motivation, teamwork, dedication, leadership, creativity, safety, professionalism and customer service.
Award Given: A plaque or statue will be presented to the Firefighter of the year at the January Board of Trustees Meeting. The Firefighter of the year will also have their name displayed on a plaque at Fire Headquarters and within the living quarters of Station 1
2015 Lieutenant/Medic John Horvath
2014 Firefighter/Medic Nick Sanfilippo
2013 Firefighter/Medic Brian McNeil
2012 Firefighter/Medic Larry McCray
The year 2021 brought the full time department its third retirement, Lieutenant Robert Cunningham retired from the Brownstown Fire Department after 45 years of public service. Bob served as a volunteer Firefighter and EMT starting in 1975. In 2000 Bob became a full time career member as a Firefighter / Paramedic and was one of the “original 20″ to establish the full-time department. Bob was permanently promoted to Lieutenant in 2008 which he held that rank until his retirement in December 2021. We wish him well in his retirement.
Lieutenant James Lauer
Lieutenant Dave Zurawski
Lieutenant Tom Cox
In January 2010, the departments; first full time administrative secretary Joette Freeland retired. With nearly 20 years of dedicated service and commitment to the Brownstown Fire Department. Joette was truly an asset to the department, we wish her well in her retirement and we will surely miss her.
Lieutenant Chris Russo
The year 2014 brought the full time department its first retirement, Firefighter Larry McCray retired from the Brownstown Fire Department after 44 years of public service. Larry served as a volunteer Firefighter and EMT starting in 1970 and rose to the rank of Captain until 2000 when the department switched to a full-time department. Since that transition Larry joined on as a full-time Firefighter / Paramedic and was one of the “original 20″ to establish the full-time department, not just a Firefighter, Larry was also a Fire Instructor teaching for many years, a licensed Paramedic instructor, and a member of the Brownstown Honor Guard.
Lieutenant Mark Robbins
The year 2023 brought the full time department its first Assistant Chief/Fire Inspector retirement, Assist Chief Mark McLain retired from the Brownstown Fire Department after 36 years of public service. Mark served as a volunteer Firefighter and EMT starting in 1987. In 1995 Mark became a full time career Fire Inspector / Paramedic and then in 1999 was made Assistant Chief-Fire Inspector until his retirement in July 2023. We wish him well in his retirement.
Lieutenant Ryan Raumen
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The year 2021 brought the full time department its first second retirement, Lieutenant Dave VanWallaghen retired from the Brownstown Fire Department after 42 years of public service. Dave served as a volunteer Firefighter and EMT starting in 1979. In 2000 Dave became a full time career member as a Firefighter / Paramedic and was one of the “original 20″ to establish the full-time department. Dave was permanently promoted to Lieutenant in 2008 which he held that rank until his retirement in June 2021. We wish him well in his retirement.
Wall of Honor
In October 2012, a wall of honor was established in front of the new Brownstown Event Barn located at 23345 King Road. The wall of honor is a place to honor the men and women who serve, or have served, with honor and integrity, the citizens of Brownstown Township, the State of Michigan, and the United States of America, as members of the Brownstwon Police and Fire Departments. It shall be a place for all to reflect on the service and sacrifice that the Township's Public Safety Employees make while protecting the well being of its citizens and property.
On June 12, 2014, five members were honored for their services. Ret Sergeant Thomas Dayfield, 30 years of service, Ret Sergeant Thomas Arsenault, 29 years of service, Ret Sergeant Roger Dyer, 22 years of service, Ret Sergeant Michael Gerard, 26 years of service, Ret Chief Daniel Grant, 25 years of service.
A ten member Brownstown Police/Fire Honor Guard was established in March of 2011 and is part of joint Public
Safety Honor Guard. The unit was established with the primary goal of providing proper honors to members of the
Public Safety Community who make the ultimate sacrifice in service to the community. Membership is voluntary and
time for training and Honor Guard Details is donated by its members. Aside from its primary focus, the Honor Guard
also participates in various community details such as presenting and or posting of the National Colors
(The U.S. Flag) at events or ceremonies. In addition, the Honor Guard serves as the caretakers of and liaison to, the Wall of Honor which is located in front of the Browstown Township Event Barn on King Rd.within the Township Recreation Campus. This wall was built as a place to honor the service of the community's Public Safety Employees.