Sylvania Township Fire Department
Chief Deputy Mike Froelich to retire after 32 years
Public invited to Open House event January 17, 2020

Deputy Chief Mike Froelich, OFC
Sylvania FIRE-EMS
Community Risk Reduction

Deputy Chief Mike Froelich has served the community well for 32 years, and you can thank him for his service during his last shift on Friday January 17, 2020.  There will be an open house for the Sylvania City & Township community, the public is welcome to stop in, enjoy some cake and refreshments, and say "Hello" to the guys while congratulating Deputy Chief Froelich.

 

Deputy Chief Froelich reflected upon his three decades of service as a firefighter recently and shared his thoughts about the changes that have taken place over the years.  Aside from science and technology, Deputy Chief Froelich says the training is better now too.

"When I first started, we had no paramedics.  It was just like the show "Emergency," in that we had to pick a phone and call doctors and ask for permission to treat," recalled the Deputy Chief, who originally came from Defiance.  "We have really progressed today, in everything."

 

"I am the last non-paramedic to be hired by the department," continued Deputy Chief Froelich.  "All new hires now have to get paramedic training since the 1990's when Chief Drake starting hiring only paramedics." 

Deputy Chief Froelich shared that he plans to stay in the Sylvania area and continue serving the community, and he is currently exploring his options for the best way to do that.

The Open House is at Firehouse #4, 8210 Sylvania Avenue, noon - 3:00 p.m.

also related:

Back in 2018, while Sylvanians were celebrating Firefighter's Work Anniversaries and the fact that Deputy Chief Froelich was Sylvania's longest serving firefighter at that time, the Deputy Chief gave a statement about the dedication of his fellow firefighters which now reflects upon his service as well.
(To see that article in the Sylvania News archives,
click here:  2018 Firefighters Anniversaries
but remember it's a bit dated, a couple of those firefighters may have a few more gray hairs these days! 😉)

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