By Tim Kowols
The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department honored some of its longest tenured members earlier this week.
Galen DeJardin (34 years) and Bruce Alberts (15 years) are both retiring while 32-year veteran Captain Mark DeKeyser was honored with the Golden Axe Award for going above the call of duty. Between his involvement in various committees, equipment maintenance, and fundraising, BUG Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says the department would not be the same without DeKeyser.
The BUG Fire Department also honored Caleb Bakee, Jason Monfils, Larry Madsen, Russ Kalin, and Phil Simon with 10-year service pins.
Ryan Wery, Josh Kipp, Tracy Koontz, and Pat O’Hern were recognized for their CPR skills with “I Saved A Life” Awards.