After leading the Harbor Beach Fire Department for more than a quarter century, J.P. Lermont has decided to retire from his position as fire chief.
Lermont’s decision to step down was precipitated by some health concerns — concerns which seem to under control at this time.
He will continue with the department in other capacities.
“I’ll remain as a firefighter for a while, but I won’t be doing the heavy duties," he said.
The longtime firefighter has put in 40 years of service to the department. He was born and raised in Harbor Beach, and joined the department shortly after graduating from Harbor Beach High School in 1978.
“I was influenced by my dad, who was on the fire department," he said. "He was a firefighter and was the assistant chief during his firefighting career.”
Lermont is the son of the late John and Lexie Lermont.
Huron Daily Tribune
A raging house fire breaks out in the historic Arden Park neighborhood Friday.
A fire started in the back of the home on the first floor then quickly moved up the house into the attic. Thankfully no one was inside when it began. "She called me at about 4:30 and told me the house was on fire," said Shirley Joyner, the homeowner. "And that is all I know." FOX 2: "Your heart must have sunk"
Shirley Joyner could only watch and worry as firefighters beat back flames that ripped through her home in Detroit's Arden Park neighborhood.
She and her family have lived at 505 E. Boston for 20 years. The historic home that weathered riots, recessions and urban decline stood up as much as it could to fast moving flames Friday afternoon.
The attic and second floor are heavily damaged. Joyner's belongings and family heirlooms were fuel for the fire.
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Alpine Township will spend $15,000 to have the McGrath Consulting Group, of Wonder Lake, Illinois, do a study to review the Fire Department's operations and future needs.
Unlike several other fire departments in the area that have brought in the same consultant over the last few years, Alpine Township officials say they don't have operational or personnel issues that need to be addressed; what they are looking for is an analysis of the department's current capabilities and needs and future needs. Township Supervisor Greg Madura said the primary issue is working to determine where the township should build a new fire station and when it should be done. "In talking with Tim McGrath, we learned that 90 percent of the work they do is for communities whose fire departments are in trouble. That's not Alpine Township," he said.
A total of six fire departments, including Emmett Township, Marshall, Fredonia Township, Bellevue, Pennfield Township and Marengo Township, are responding to an out-of-control brush fire in Marshall near L Drive North that started around 1 p.m. According to Marshall Township Fire Chief Steve Riggs, a controlled burn that got out of hand due to wind conditions at 14693 L Drive North has now burned upwards of 25 acres. Although the fire is mostly under control now, fire officials are still working to get it under control.
"The biggest challenge we've had is wind," Riggs said. "It's going one direction and we're fighting the fire and before you know it, it changes direction. That makes it hard to get everything under control."
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A firefighter is accused of stealing pain pills from a man who he had helped treat last year.
Russell Daniel Fenner, 39, of Adrian is charged with one felony count of larceny in a building. He was arraigned Friday in Lenawee County District Court. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, April 27. A personal recognizance bond was continued.
Fenner is accused of going to a home on East Front Street in Adrian on March 21 to check on a man who was seriously injured in June in a fall from his home’s roof, said 1st Lt. Tony Cuevas, commander of the Michigan State Police post in Monroe. Fenner was one of the Adrian Fire Department personnel who responded to the call about the fall.
Lenawee/Adrian Daily Telegram
On Saturday morning, Emmet County first responders practiced how to react if a school bus route goes wrong.
Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet Office of Emergency Management and Resort-Bear Creek Fire Department sponsored a live mass casualty training at Click Road Soccer Complex in Petoskey.
More than 30 Petoskey students were in a toppled-over bus, and it was up to the Resort-Bear Creek and Petoskey fire departments to get the kids out of the bus.
"We have a new tracking system. That was the main goal: using this E-M tracking. We can track the patients from the scene to the hospital. That was the main part of this. The second part was actually being able to extricate those students from the bus and have accountability of them, and making sure that we have that."
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