Local fire departments honor members

Fire departments in Sister Bay/Liberty Grove and Brussels-Union-Gardner are taking time to make sure their volunteers feel appreciated. During celebrations held last month, the BUG Fire Department awarded Mason Laurent with its Golden Axe Award for demonstrating outstanding dedication in 2018 while also honoring 25 years of service by firefighter Dan Kroll. The department also paid tribute to Tom “Doc” Rutz, who is retiring after 50 years of service. BUG Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says it is a tremendous accomplishment.

Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department handed out its awards as well, giving recognition to Stacy Bell (Community Service Award), Max Maltby (Chief’s Choice), Billy Apple (Firefighter of the Year) and Judy Pluff (First Responder of the Year) in addition to their retirees. 

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