Robert J. Stott Jr.

Robert J. Stott Jr.

Robert was a family man with a surviving spouse, three adult children, and four grandchildren. He raised his family in the township of Lovells and could think of no better way than to join the fire department and dedicate himself to protecting the life and property in the Lovells Township that he loved.

Robert joined the Lovells Township Fire Department in 2002 and was certified by the Fire Fighters Training Council on 26 June 2003. Over the next 16 years, Robert went on to obtain his MFR License and was promoted to assistant chief. Robert was well liked by his fellow department members as well as the Lovells community. He put forth a great effort to assure the department was well received in the Lovells community. During his tenure on the department, Robert rarely missed a meeting, training, or an alarm calling him to duty, regardless if the alarm was during work or in the middle of the night. Robert was routinely one of the first on scene and one of the last to leave. He loved the call to duty and his brothers and sisters of the service.

Robert enjoyed coordinating as many surrounding departments as he could to partake in the annual Lovells Bridge Walk Parade, coordinating the support for the Warbler’s Hideaway annual 4th of July fireworks and partaking in the delivery of Thanksgiving meals with our mini-pumper or rescue to community members less fortunate.

Robert J. Stott Jr was a true firefighter in all respects: dedication, service, honor, courage, and valor.

He is missed by many.

Norman Edward Klenow

Norman Edward Klenow

Norman Edward Klenow was born on July 18, 1941, and raised in East Tawas, Michigan. His father and middle son, Douglas, were fellow firefighters.

Norman enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1959, before his 18th birthday, and served for four years. He was a radioman and served on an ammunition ship.

Norm was a member of the East Tawas Volunteer Fire Department for over 52 years, serving for many of those years as assistant chief.

Norm took advantage of all the fire training that was available. Starting around 1972, Norm took the 66-hour basic fireman training class. As the requirements changed and classes were added, Norm completed the 132-hour course and eventually the current Firefighter I and II classes. The first hazardous materials class was an awareness class taught by the sheriff’s department. Later, Norm took State Certified Awareness and Operations Haz-Mat as the classes were developed. Norm was one of the first firefighters in the county to take an EMT class. Norm became a certified Medical First Responder and kept his license current by taking continuing education every year. He was very proficient in ladder truck operations and taught others on our ladder trucks. He took classes in wildfire operations and Operating in the Wildland/Urban Interface. These classes were taught by the U.S. Forest Service and Michigan DNR Fire Division. Norm helped with activities such as family fire picnics, car washes, teen dances, and pancake breakfasts. On the new fire truck just put into service, Norm was recognized “In Memory of Norm Klenow.”

Norm was active in the Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas. He was an altar boy, served as usher and Eucharistic minister. He attended Catholic school through the eighth grade. Norm was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks.

Norm managed the Clark Gas Station for over 40 years. He was a member of the East Tawas City Council and recently received recognition with a certificate of appreciation for 33 years serving on the East Tawas Park Board.

Norm and his wife, Barbara, were married for 55 years. They had three sons, David, Douglas (deceased), and Dennis. He enjoyed watching his boys play sports, boating, fishing, and camping. He had nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He is missed!

Michael J. Lubig

Michael J. Lubig

Acting Sergeant Michael J. Lubig, age 46, of the Detroit Fire Department, died on November 12, 2018, after suffering a medical emergency following a 24-hour shift.

Robert J. Phillips II

Robert J. Phillips II

Firefighter Robert J. Phillips II, age 62, of the Memphis Fire Department, died on September 23, 2018, after responding to two emergency incidents on September 22, 2018.

Kevin V. Ramsey

Kevin V. Ramsey

Firefighter Kevin V. Ramsey, age 50, of the Detroit Fire Department, died on July 29, 2017, shortly after returning from the second commercial building fire during his shift.

Ron Savage

Ron Savage

Firefighter/EMT Ron Savage, age 63, of the Milford Fire Department, died on February 25, 2017, after suffering a cardiac event following training.

Terry M. Raymond

Terry M. Raymond

Firefighter Terry M. Raymond, age 55, of the Summerfield Township Volunteer Fire Department, died on August 15, 2016, after responding to several emergency calls within 24-hours.

Edward A. Switalski

Edward A. Switalski

Fire Chief Edward A. Switalski, age 55, of the Comstock Township Department of Fire & Rescue, died on June 14, 2017, after being struck at an accident scene.

Thomas G. Walker

Thomas G. Walker

Firefighter Thomas G. Walker, age 70, of the Otsego County Fire Department, died on November 27, 2016, after he collapsed at home shortly after responding to an early-morning alarm.

James Frederick “Jimmy” Shelifoe Jr.

James Frederick “Jimmy” Shelifoe Jr.

Seasonal Firefighter James F. Shelifoe Jr., age 23, and Firefighter Alan J. Swartz, age 26, of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, died on August 27, 2016, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident that occurred enroute to assist with wildfires.