That’s why the Huron River Joint Fire District took time Saturday to recognize one of its own with the Firefighter of the Year award. Chuck Sanders, who’s been full time with the department since January 2011, is this year’s honoree.
Chief Curt Stang said he feels Sanders was a good choice.
“It was voted on by all members (of the board),” Stang said. “We selected Chuck because he’s always here for the calls ... and the calls he comes in for; he ends up on (a) truck. He’s always very reliable and dependable.”
The plaque came as a surprise to Sanders, whom Stang said was “just tickled.”
“Everybody there was excited by it,” he added.
The Fireman of the Year is an award the department has given out for at least the past 17 years. Stang said it’s important to the firefighters because it’s a volunteer-based agency, which makes reliability and dependability extra important.
“As a volunteer department we have to rely on guys coming in on their own free time,” Stang said. “It takes away from their family and free time when they come in and respond to calls.”
Stang said in his experience though, it’s all worth it.
“It’s very gratifying. At least to me it is because you go out and help people; people (who) are having a really bad day and you get to make it a little better, hopefully,” he said.