2018-01-08 / News

Brown City firefighters express appreciation for community support

By Ste ven Kovac
810-452-2684 • skovac@mihomepaper.com


Brown City Fire Chief Justin Holsworth (left) and Asst. Fire Chief Brandon Armstead expressed the entire department’s gratitude for all the support it receives from the community. Brown City Fire Chief Justin Holsworth (left) and Asst. Fire Chief Brandon Armstead expressed the entire department’s gratitude for all the support it receives from the community. BROWN CITY — The 17 members of the Brown City Fire Area Dept. are normally on the receiving end of community appreciation and praise, but this time they have turned the tables.

“We have many people and businesses in this community that continue to support us in so many ways, so we thought we’d find a way to acknowledge some of them for all they do for us,” said Fire Chief Justin Holsworth.

“Recently, we chose seven of our supporters to receive a plaque showing our appreciation. A number of them want to remain anonymous, but some agreed to be mentioned in the paper and have their picture taken receiving the plaque. Some asked us not to publicize them.”


Aaron Treve (right) of Treve’s Pizza receives a plaque in appreciation for all that his company does for the fire department from Fire Chief Justin Holsworth. Aaron Treve (right) of Treve’s Pizza receives a plaque in appreciation for all that his company does for the fire department from Fire Chief Justin Holsworth. Holsworth said the fire department recognized Treve’s Pizza for the many things it does for the department.

“Just one of the really nice things Treve’s does is bring food out to us when we are at a fire,” said Holsworth. “Treve’s is really community minded. They go above and beyond for us.”

Hurley Towing & Salvage also received praise from the firefighters.

“Hurley’s donates cars for us to practice extrication on,” said Assistant Chief Brandon Armstead. “They open their facility to us for whatever we need. They go above and beyond.”

Woody’s Towing was also recognized for its generous financial donation, said Armstead.


Nathan Hurley (right) receives a plaque from the Brown City Area Fire Dept. expressing its appreciation for the help and support it receives from Hurley Towing & Salvage. Presenting the plaque is Asst. Fire Chief Brandon Armstead. Nathan Hurley (right) receives a plaque from the Brown City Area Fire Dept. expressing its appreciation for the help and support it receives from Hurley Towing & Salvage. Presenting the plaque is Asst. Fire Chief Brandon Armstead. “In addition, we want to mention Burgess Farms,” said Holsworth. “They are very public-spirited. They helped us when we needed them.”

Holsworth served two years as assistant chief before succeeding former chief Keith Redlin last year.

How’s the manpower situation at the Brown City Fire Dept.?

“Not bad. Better than it has been. It could still be better,” answered Holsworth. “We are fortunate for a small town that eight of our seventeen firefighters live in the city limits or less than a mile out. That really helps us have a faster response time. We have only one firefighter who lives quite a ways out. That’s a good thing.”


Woody from Woody’s Towing (right) receives a plaque from Assistant Chief Brandon Armstead in appreciation of the company’s generosity to the fire department. Woody from Woody’s Towing (right) receives a plaque from Assistant Chief Brandon Armstead in appreciation of the company’s generosity to the fire department. Holsworth said one of his department’s goals for 2018 is to work hard on training.

“We’re also looking into a $160,000 grant for airpacks, and we have in mind a few other improvements which still must go before the fire authority board.”

When asked if the harsh winter weather was posing any problems for the department, Holsworth replied, “We are lucky to not have had any calls during the recent cold snap. Extreme cold is hard on the firefighters and on our equipment. It complicates everything we do on scene.”

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