Edward A. Switalski
- Fire Chief
- Comstock Township Department of Fire & Rescue
- Age: 55
- Year of Death: 2017
Comstock Township Fire Chief Edward Anthony Switalski was born on October 29, 1961, in Hinsdale, Illinois, a son of Edward and Rita (Lloyd) Switalski Sr. He was the youngest of five children and was adored by all of his brothers and sister. At age 30, Ed married the love of his life, Holly, and together they built a beautiful life together with their two daughters, Alison and Emily.
As a young boy, Ed knew he was going to be a firefighter and dedicate his life to the fire service. He would often be found playing at the local fire station, trying to help out however he could. When he turned 18, he began his career at Pleasantview Fire District in the southwest suburbs of Chicago where he worked for 34 years. He was involved in many facets of the fire service, including HAZMAT, instructor, and TRT. In June 2013, he moved to Michigan with his wife to become the Comstock Township fire chief. Both of his daughters attended Western Michigan University, and he was excited for this new career opportunity and to be closer to his girls. He soon became WMU’s biggest fan and attended more sporting events than both of his daughters combined.
Ed was involved in numerous organizations and served as chairman of the congregation at Peace Lutheran Church in Illinois. He went on four different mission trips with a group of high schoolers to help lead by example in the name of Christ. After his move to Michigan he became a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
To say Ed was a huge Chicago Cubs fan would be an understatement. He was thrilled to see them win the 2016 World Series and be able to partake in the victory parade. When he wasn’t working, he could often be found on his boat fishing or relaxing.
Ed made many people smile and was never afraid to strike up a conversation with a stranger. He was always kind, humble, and left behind an incredible legacy. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Ed gave the ultimate sacrifice when he was struck and killed on I-94 while on a call. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Michael and Ralph Switalski. He is survived and missed deeply by his wife and daughters; a brother, Daniel (Nancy) Switalski; a sister, Nora DePaola; a sister-in-law, Joy Voykovich; and many nieces and nephews.
Ed lived his dream, and seeing him honored at Emmittsburg, was a life changing event. You know, it’s a “club” none of us ever wanted to belong to.– Nora
He would be so proud and humbled.