This month Chief Mickey Davis of the Courtland Township Fire Department announced his retirement from a long and impressive career in fire service. For two decades Chief Davis served both Oakfield Township and Courtland Township as fire chief simultaneously. For the past six years he has dedicated his services to Courtland Township Fire Department full-time.
It has been nearly 20 years since Mickey asked me to consider becoming the first chaplain for the two departments he led. Due to his own personal losses, Chief Davis understood that the harm done by fires and accidents goes beyond wounded bodies and damaged property. Often times the greatest injury is to the human heart. In beginning a chaplaincy program, Mickey demonstrated that his concern for the townships he served went beyond putting out fires and securing the emergency scene.
=During his tenure, Chief Davis also showed his care for the residents of Courtland Township by delivering toys to children from disadvantaged homes, visiting foster care homes, and directing social services to families in need. He cared deeply for the personal well-being of the people he served.
The residents of Courtland Township owe a debt of gratitude to Davis for his unselfish and professional service. He provided leadership in expanding the quality and resources of the township fire service, faithfully protected lives and property, and made the township a better place to live and work.
Personally, I wish to express my thanks to the chief for inviting me into a world few know anything about. I have seen the danger and the trauma that firefighters endure as they assist others in crisis. It has been one of my life’s greatest honors to be able to assist Chief Davis and the other members of the fire department in their noble work. I am a better man because of my association with Mickey Davis and the men and women of Courtland Township Fire Department.
Thank you, Chief, and congratulations on a meaningful career of faithful service!
Dr. David A. Oliver
Chaplain, Courtland Twp. Fire Dept.