The Swanton Corn Festival will be honoring its local Super Heroes at this year’s festival on Saturday, Aug. 22. Both the Swanton Police and Fire Departments will be the parade grand marshals.
The Corn Festival Parade will start at 10:30 a.m. traveling down Main Street and turning onto Garfield Avenue. Those interested can still enter the parade by contacting Denis Lumbrezer though swantoncornfest.com.
Established in 1895 and with the addition of the Fulton County ALS 7 (Advanced Life Support) in 2002, the Swanton Fire Department puts their lives on the line for our community on a daily basis. They are there serving the community, whenever needed, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They provide a security that many take for granted and only come to realize when it is needed. As first responders to many accidents, emergencies and 911 calls, the community relies on their expertise, professionalism and dedication; a responsibility that many could not handle.
The station is manned 24 hours a day and responds to emergency calls throughout the Village of Swanton and its surrounding areas, Fulton Township and the eastern half of Swancreek Township. The apparatus housed at the Fire/EMS station include two ambulances, two fire engines, one ladder truck, one tender (water supply), two brush trucks and one Hazmat spill response trailer that serves Fulton County.
The Swanton Fire Department consists of one staffed station, providing Fire and EMS coverage. The staff consists of a full-time fire chief, six full-time firefighter/paramedics or EMTs and 34 part-time firefighters/ EMT-Basics, Advanced EMT’s, Paramedics and trained Hazmat response personnel.
Full-time staff are on a 24 hour on, 48 hour off paid shift. Part-time employees are on 12 hour paid shifts from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Personnel who are not on duty often still respond to recue or fire calls for additional help and manpower which they are paid for per call on a monthly basis.
Serving our community as a firefighter/paramedic or EMT for over 30 years is the Fire Chief Howard Myers (33 years) Patty Brown (34 years) and Cheryl Smigelski (33 years). Those with 21 to to 30 years of service are Richie Kilgour, Jeff Bechstein, Leroy Kosier and Laurie Ward.
Eleven to 22 of service include Shannon Middleton, Brian Nicholson, Kevin Salkil and Chad Smith, Gary Roytek, Amy Foy, Sean Griewahn,and Kelly Kilgour. Those with six to ten years of service include Jamie Blake, Amy Carter, Brian Dotson, John Lewandowski, Sue Nicholson and Ben Steiner. Joining the department within the last five years are Anthony Bernal, Chad Branum, Matt Brooks, Joe Buehrer, Jason Carte, Ed Dziengelewski, Tyler Ellis, Joel Flory, Tom Gulch, Jennifer Harrison, Michael Huff, Daniel Johnson, Cuyler Keppling, Sue Schwab, Christopher Schultz, Sara Shutters, Casey Underwood, Kyle Woods, Brandon Westerman and James Zywocki.
This is the first part of a two-part article with information about the police department in the second half.