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Solon Fire recognizes firefighters


Two newer Solon Fire Department firefighters received their pins last month. From left to right: Firefighter Nick Grady, Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake, and firefighter Jordan Nielsen. Courtesy photo.

On October 1, 2017, Solon Township Fire Department hosted its Second Annual Firefighter Appreciation Dinner at Sparta Lanes in Sparta, MI. Two of the newest firefighters also received their pins at the dinner.

“This event is an opportunity for the personnel to stand down from emergency alarms as a group and enjoy some recreation time and a dinner,” explained Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake. “It is also an opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifices and contributions of the members’ family when the member responds to an incident. Ask any responder and they will tell you the alarm never rings at a convenient time. It seems to always ring when you are sitting down for dinner or maybe some simple family time. We recognize that the sons, daughters, spouses, and the extended family of our members are an integral part of our organization.”

The night includes a buffet dinner (paid by the Township), lane rental (donated), and door prizes.

During the four-hour dinner, Solon’s mutual aid partners provided coverage for emergency incidents in Solon Township. These partners include Algoma, Cedar Springs, Kent City, and Sand Lake Fire Departments.  

Drake explained that due to a scheduling conflict over the summer of 2017, the annual Badge Pinning Ceremony also occurred at this event rather than at a regular Township Board Meeting. This ceremony recognized the efforts of two of the newest graduates from the Michigan Fire Fighter Training Council Firefighter I & II Academy in May of 2017. At this ceremony, these two individuals took the oath of office, affirmed the FF Code of Ethics, and had their badges pinned by someone of their choice.

One was Nick Grady, age 25, of the City of Cedar Springs. He has been a member of the Solon Fire Department since September 2016, and was pinned by his wife, Rachel.

The other firefighter was Jordan Nielsen, age 19, of Algoma Township. He has been a member of the SFD since May 2016, and was pinned by Deputy Chief Chris Paige.

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Garage catches fire in Solon Twp


This garage was a total loss after catching fire Sunday evening. Photo by Pamela Cooke.

By Judy Reed

The Solon Township Fire Department was called to a garage fire on Sunday, July 30, at 6 p.m., on the corner of Grosvenor and Cedar Springs Avenue.

According to Solon Deputy Fire Chief Chris Paige, they responded to the scene along with Cedar Springs, Sand Lake, Kent City, and Algoma Fire Departments. Rockford Ambulance was also on scene.

Deputy Chief Paige said that the homeowner discovered the fire. When the fire department arrived on scene, the fire was already well involved. There was a small patch of grass that burned, but other than that, they were able to keep the fire from spreading. Two pickup trucks were lost in the fire—one in the garage and one outside of the garage.

The garage, which was a detached pole barn, was used by the homeowner for storage and as a workshop.

Paige said that the fire was still being investigated and that the cause had not yet been determined. “We do know that it was unintentional,” he said.

There were no injuries experienced during the fire. Paige said the garage was a total loss.

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American Legion honors first responders


The Courtland Fire Department was one of the fire departments honored at the American Legion dinner.

The Courtland Fire Department was one of the fire departments honored at the American Legion dinner.

The evening of February 20 was set aside at the American Legion Post in Cedar Springs as a time to honor the First Responders of the community.  A wonderful Swiss steak meal was provided for our local heroes for their sacrifices, contributions and dedication to public service.

The Kent County Sheriff Department was also in attendance

The Kent County Sheriff Department was also in attendance

Seventy-five attendees from the Sand Lake Police and Fire Department, Solon Township Fire Department, Cedar Springs Fire Department, Spencer Township Fire Department, Courtland Township Fire Department, Oakfield Township Fire Department, Algoma Township Fire Department and the Kent County Sherriff’s Department enjoyed the meal and were given certificates of appreciation.

Twenty-five members of the Glen Hill Post 287 Family worked to make this event possible, as well as assistance on items for the dinner from Save A Lot and Kelly’s Restaurant.

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Solon Fire holds badge pinning, service awards ceremony


 

Lt. Chris Paige promoted to Deputy Chief

The above photo shows the promotion of Chris Paige to Deputy Chief as the 4 bugle collar brass is pinned on his uniform by his father, Mike Paige.

The above photo shows the promotion of Chris Paige to Deputy Chief as the 4 bugle collar brass is pinned on his uniform by his father, Mike Paige.

The Solon Township Fire Department held a badge pinning and service awards ceremony at a special meeting of the Solon Township Board on June 29.

“This ceremony was an opportunity to recognize the efforts of the 21 men and women of Solon Fire Department who serve the community with integrity and pride,” explained Chief Jeff Drake. “The Mission of SFD is to protect lives, property and the environment with courage, dedication and excellent service.”

One of the highlights of the ceremony was the promotion of Lt. Chris Paige to Deputy Chief. According to Chief Drake’s recommendation letter, Lt. Paige is a 20-year veteran of the fire service. He is a 10-year member of SFD, serving as Lieutenant for the last 5 years, and full time since January 2015.  “Lt. Paige has shown leadership ability in his current position. He will consistently and routinely manage and implement the Incident Management System of an emergency scene efficiently. He is by far the single member who has demonstrated the desire, commitment, and dedication to help execute the success of SFD,” wrote Drake.

Seven new recruits recently completed the MFFTC FF I & II exam. From L to R: April Zachow, Matt Schievink, Don Cornell, Taylor Hunt, Zachary Grutter, Jessica Ingerson. Not pictured: Brian Stevens.

Seven new recruits recently completed the MFFTC FF I & II exam. From L to R: April Zachow, Matt Schievink, Don Cornell, Taylor Hunt, Zachary Grutter, Jessica Ingerson. Not pictured: Brian Stevens.

Seven new recruits also received their department badges at the ceremony: April Zachow, Matt Schievink, Don Cornell, Taylor Hunt, Zachary Grutter, Jessica Ingerson and Brian Stevens.

These badges were earned by successfully completing the Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council Fire Fighter I & II curriculum at the Plainfield Fire Department Academy from September 2015 to April 2016. The course included 268 hours of instruction and required a twice weekly attendance. “This group represents a dedicated and motivated group of individuals capable and prepared to serve the community in their public safety role with courage, dedication, and integrity,” commented Chief Drake.

Service Awards were given to (from L to R): Chris Paige 10 years, Doug Gabrielse 19 years, Dan Spangenberg, 10 years. Not Pictured: Bryan Russell 10 years, Casey Bennett 5 years, Craig Gunderson 5 years, Pastor Josh Putnam, 5 years.

Service Awards were given to (from L to R): Chris Paige 10 years, Doug Gabrielse 19 years, Dan Spangenberg, 10 years. Not Pictured: Bryan Russell 10 years, Casey Bennett 5 years, Craig Gunderson 5 years, Pastor Josh Putnam, 5 years.

Several members were recognized and received service awards for their time served at SFD. Chris Paige 10 years, Doug Gabrielse 19 years, Dan Spangenberg, 10 years, Bryan Russell 10 years, Casey Bennett 5 years, Craig Gunderson 5 years, and Pastor Josh Putnam, 5 years.

These members represent the veteran side of the department. “These members will fulfill  the role as mentor and brother to the new recruits with knowledge and wisdom,  and instill the FD tradition of service with integrity and pride,” said Chief Drake.

Congratulations to all of you! We appreciate the work you do!

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Solon firefighters receive badges


Solon Township Firefighters Russell Papke (left) and Josh Putnam (right) were presented their badges this week by Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake (center).

Solon Township Firefighters Russell Papke (left) and Josh Putnam (right) were presented their badges this week by Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake (center).

Two members of the Solon Township Fire Department received their badges Tuesday night, in a ceremony at the Township board meeting.

Firefighters Russell Papke and Josh Putnam received the honor, presented by Fire Chief Jeff Drake, as a result of their completion of the Michigan Fire Fighter’s Training Council Firefighter I & II exam.

Papke was hired in August 2013, and is employed by the Michigan Army National Guard, and works at Fort Custer in Battle Creek. He and his wife, Anna, live in Solon Township with their 8-year-old twin boys, Nolan and Leyland.

Putnam was hired in June 2011. He works at Profile Industrial Packaging, and has been youth pastor for Maranatha Baptist for 11 years. He and his wife, Amy, live in Solon Township with their daughter, Olivia.

“I am proud to recognize the commitment and sacrifice you have endured by completing this task and providing a level of competency, compassion, and licensure to the Solon Fire Department,” wrote Chief Drake, in the letter of recommendation for the firefighters.

The firefighters were required to take 256 hours of instruction and eight hours of exams to complete the training.

 

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Solon Township shows off town hall


N-Solon-open-house

By Judy Reed

 

Solon Township held an open house last Saturday, July 27 to show off the new township hall to residents. Throngs of visitors were treated to a hotdog lunch and other free refreshments, as well as a tour of the facility. The Solon Township Fire Department also had an engine there for kids to tour.

The township approved the building of the 6,000 square-foot hall with community room in the fall of 2011. The building has 4,000 square feet of offices, a 2,000 square-foot community room, in floor boiler heat, 2×6 exterior sidewalls, about four inches of spray foam insulation, a brick exterior, steel roof, LED lighting which operates automatically, some heated sidewalks, plenty of handicap parking, and a security system with cameras that can be viewed remotely.

Supervisor Bob Ellick told the Post in June that the total cost of the building would be between $860,000 and $880,000 when completed.

 

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