Thursday, September 9, 2021

Romulus firefighters planning special 911 memorial

The Romulus Fire Department will host a special ceremony from 5 until 7 p.m. tomorrow to pay tribute to the brave men and women who lost their lives during the attacks on 9/11 and to honor local firefighters and EMS workers.

The Firefighter Appreciation Ceremony will take place at the Romulus Athletic Center.

“One of the most devastating attacks in American history occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. Twenty years later, we remember these heroes by commemorating the tragic events of that day and honoring the sacrifices they made,” said Kevin Krause, director of Fire Services and Emergency Management for Romulus Fire Department. “The bravery of every firefighter called to duty that day is an admirable quality found right here in the City of Romulus. Being a first responder is a lifelong duty of helping others in need and we are thankful every day for the men and women in our community who have dedicated their lives to service.” 

The Appreciation Ceremony will recognize the promotions of Lt. Michael Paul Fyfe and Lt. David Joseph Ehlert, as well as welcome three new additions to the department. New Romulus firefighters, Andrew Charles Mills, Shane Matthew Reinig and Joel Ryan Albright, will be sworn-in by City of Romulus Clerk Ellen L. Craig-Bragg. Other extraordinary team members within the department will be honored and presented with awards for the Romulus Fire Department Hometown Heroes.

Firefighters with the City of Romulus Fire Department are trained and certified by the State of Michigan. They are on duty around the clock for emergencies involving fire, extrication, severe weather, rescues, hazardous material and other dangerous situations, Krause said. While many communities across the state are struggling to cover shifts and experiencing shortages compounded by the pandemic, active fire and EMS staff are stepping in to provide critical support, he added. 

The ceremony will take place in the Cirrus Banquet Room at Romulus Athletic Center, located at 35765 Northline Road, Romulus. For more information, contact Bryan O'Connor with the Romulus Fire Department at (734) 941-8585.