Dedicated. That is just one of the many words used by those who knew him best to describe the life of Randy Boley. Randy was dedicated to so many things in his life‚ whether it was his loving family or the community he served.
Randy was very active in all aspects of the fire department‚ whether he was responding to a fire call or attending numerous meetings and training sessions. At the mere age of 21‚ Randy joined the Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Department‚ where he served for 29 years‚ holding various positions including chief‚ assistant chief‚ and captain for the majority of that time. He also held a position as a Wayne County fire inspector‚ as well as a member of the Wayne County Fire Investigation Unit.
Randy felt one was never too young or old to learn. He always looked forward to Fire Prevention Week‚ where he took pride in teaching the youth of the community about fire safety. He also volunteered his time as a 4-H advisor for the Wayne County Shooting Sports Club. The smiles he received from the children learning about what he was most passionate about were all the thanks he needed.
Randy spent much of his time serving his community as a self-employed carpenter. He loved the Village of Shreve‚ where he resided with his loving wife‚ Linda‚ and three now grown children‚ Megan‚ Randall‚ and Victoria. In his spare time‚ he loved being outdoors‚ especially hunting‚ fishing‚ and camping with his family. Randy was a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment and was an active member of the NRA and a certified concealed carry instructor. But most of all‚ Randy loved helping others and always seemed to put others before himself.
On April 11‚ 2011‚ less than 24 hours prior to Randy’s passing‚ his day started like any other day. While working in his workshop‚ Randy heard the call come across his pager for a squad run. Randy would often help out his fellow colleagues‚ assisting them on emergency calls by driving the ambulance. That day Randy assisted on two calls that were back-to-back‚ though he had been feeling under the weather himself. After a day of selfless acts‚ he returned home to relax with his wife and son. It wasn’t until early the next morning that his family found he had made his final call. With his passing‚ there will be forever a hole in the heart of Shreve.