By Mark Kanz
After 33 years on the Brussels, Union, Gardener Fire Department, not much surprises Jim Wautier. However, he was surprised to learn several weeks ago that the Wisconsin American Legion would be honoring him as its Outstanding Firefighter for the state. Wautier accepted the award in Appleton Saturday. He says events like car accidents and fires are difficult, but it’s another way he can serve his community.
Wautier has been assistant chief for 28 of his 33 years with the BUG department. He says his fellow firefighters are just an extension of his own family. The American Legion also honored law enforcement and emergency medical personnel this past weekend.