After 31 years of service, Carl Ferch was recognized by the Scio Township Board on Oct. 9. Both local and state officials congratulated Ferch before a full meeting room of township residents and others.
Ferch served with the Scio department for 31 years and has been its fire chief since 1997. He is a founding member of the township department.
State Rep. Donna Lasinski, D-Scio Township, presented Ferch with a tribute proclamation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Lasinski said she got to spend time with Ferch at the capital in Lansing during the recent 9/11 recognition day. She said they had conversations about the service of firefighters, especially the local ones, and this gave her a moment to express to him how grateful she is and many other township residents are for all that they do.
“Chief Ferch is truly an inspiration to all of the people who know you and you will be remembered fondly for your commitment to the public service and professionalism, and please don’t ever underestimate the service you provided to neighbors and community members that we are so glad that we could sleep safely while we know you were awake most nights making sure we were sleeping safely,” Lasinski said.
The township board said it wanted to have the ceremony to honor Ferch, who retired earlier this year, so it could commend him and show their gratitude and appreciation to him on behalf of the community.
Township supervisor Jack Knowles presented and read a proclamation recognizing Ferch.
The board’s resolution said Ferch successfully transitioned the department from a part-time and paid-on-call department to one now composed of full-time and paid-on-call firefighters. He was commended for training and instilling his knowledge into countless other firefighters throughout his career.
Knowles said Ferch’s career reflects a distinguished and dedicated fire service professional, and the township extends, “to him special recognition and commendation for a job well done.”
Interim Scio Township Fire Chief Doug Armstrong said Ferch left large boots to fill, and said he had a hand in helping to train many township firefighters. He said the department is truly grateful to him.
Ferch received the honors and recognition with a smile and listening, bowed head. In the end, he looked around the meeting room and said, “thank you all,” and then went to the board to offer a hug and hand of thanks.
Photo credit: Scio Township Fire Department Facebook