Willard Fire District Says Goodbye to Long-Time Chief Gary Wirth
Written by Administrator
Thursday, 13 January 2011 20:08
It is with great sadness that the Willard Fire Protection District announces the passing of Chief Gary Wirth.After a brief yet courageous battle with cancer, Chief Wirth passed away on October 8, 2014 at home, surrounded by his family.Chief Wirth had been a member of the Fire Protection District for 36 years, and had held positions of volunteer firefighter, volunteer Assistant Fire Chief, and volunteer Fire Chief. He was currently serving as the District’s first paid Fire Chief, a position he had held since its inception in 2013.
Through Gary’s vision and leadership, the District has seen significant growth in providing high levels of quality service to the citizens they serve and protect. During his tenure as Chief, he opened Fire Station #3 in the South part of the District, which continues to provide essential coverage for an area of continued growth and development.He acquired the Training and Administration building, modernized the apparatus fleet, and was instrumental in supporting the development of the advanced life support emergency services provided by the District.
Perhaps one of his finest accomplishments as Fire Chief was the passage of the tax levy in 2012 to provide the first paid personnel, and development of a new headquarters station for the District, thereby ushering in a new era of growth.
The Board and firefighters of the District will be forever grateful for Chief Wirth’s vision and leadership.We are a better department as a result of his dedication and service. As we move forward with heavy hearts, we will remember him by continuing his vision for the future.