Entries by JD

Ron Cichecki to Retire

Congratulations go Fire Marshal Ron Cichecki as he leaves the Hamtramck Fire Service. FM Cichecki’s last day of work is scheduled for Thursday, May 3rd after serving 25 years with the Hamtramck Fire Department.

Ron has been with the HFD since May, 1993 and has risen through the ranks as Firefighter, Motor Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain and serving the last few years as a Fire Marshal.  He joins his brother Walt as an HFD Retiree.

RETIREMENT PARTY
Thursday May 3rd, 2018
Festivities begin at 3:00 pm 

Polish Sea League
2601 Edwin (map)

 


Firefighter of the Year: Chris Monge


Congratulations to Hamtramck Firefighter Chris Monge on being named Firefighter of the year!  Chris has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department since April 2015

The Firefighter of the Year and other honorees are sponsored by the Hamtramck Community Initiative (HCI). HCI’s mission is to revitalize neighborhoods, reduce crime and build community capacity through civic and community engagement.  HCI started as federal “WEED & SEED” project in 2006 and today continue to serve as a resource for block clubs, as a fiscal agent for community minded groups and home of the Citizen Patrol.

Chris, and others will be recognized at the Annual HCI Spring Fling Annual Community Awards Event on April 20th at the Gates of Columbus Hall.  Tickets are $25, dinner at 6:30 with Community Awards at 7:30.

Congratulations to all those receiving Community Awards!

 


FIREFIGHTERS TO STAND GUARD AT ST. FLORIAN

On Holy Saturday, March 31st – your Hamtramck Firefighters will once again be standing guard over the tomb of Jesus at St. Florian Church in Hamtramck. We will be there between noon and 4:00. The church will also be conducting Święconka – the traditional Polish blessing of Easter baskets.

This has become a tradition for us as it is tradition in parts of Poland. St. Florian is the patron saint of firefighter and we are proud to carry this one on in Hamtramck.

St. Florian Catholic Church (map)
2626 Poland
Hamtramck, MI 48212


ST. FLORIAN FIREFIGHTER MARCH & MASS

Saturday May 5, 2018
March Leaves the Hamtramck Firehouse at 3:30 pm
– please arrive early!!
Mass starts in St. Florian Church at 4:00 pm (there is no obligation to participate in Mass).

NEW ROUTE – The 2018 Hamtramck Firefighters St. Florian March and Mass will travel from the Hamtramck Firehouse on Caniff & Mackay to St. Florian Church using a new route. The parade will now travel down Hamtramck’s main street: Joseph Campau Ave.

The Hamtramck Firefighters St. Florian Firefighter March & Mass is May 5, 2018.  

St. Florian Church and Parish, also located in Hamtramck – along with the Hamtramck Firefighters host an annual Firefighter March and Mass. This celebration of firefighters past and present occurs the first Saturday in May along with the annual Strawberry Festival.

The St. Florian Firefighter March & Mass is a unique event that marks the feast day of St. Florian, patron saint of all firefighters. Please join us in commemorating this occasion by participating in this formal March. The March leaves the Hamtramck Firehouse at 3:30 pm and will travel east on Caniff St. then south on Jos. Campau. The procession will then turn west onto Florian St. and continue to St. Florian Church. A Mass honoring firefighters and St. Florian is celebrated in the church at 4:00 (you are not obligated to attend or participate in the Mass).

Departments with an Honor Guard are encouraged to join us and all rigs are welcome. Please contact the Hamtramck firehouse in advance so that we may plan accordingly.

All firefighters, retirees, and their families are welcome to participate in this very special celebration. This an excellent opportunity for all firefighters to unite in brotherhood and remember their fallen heroic comrades. This will also be a great time to enjoy the Strawberry Festival where great food, drink, and music will end the days’ activities.

Printable flyer available here.

Maps and more info on our Event Page.


POLAR PLUNGE 2018


On February 3rd, Hamtramck Firefighter Jason Abbey will be taking the “Polar Plunge” to raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan. He will dress up in costume and plunge into Lake Fenton and freeze his fur for a good cause.

Proceeds from these plunges help supports year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 23,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Michigan. The ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.

Please help Jason and Special Olympics Michigan by making a donation today.

Jason’s Polar Plunge Page

 


FIGHT FOR AIR

Once again, members of the Hamtramck Fire Department are joining the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb.  The Fight for Air is one of the American Lung Association’s signature fundraising events. These unique events are hosted in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and challenge participants as they walk, run or race up hundreds of steps – here in Detroit, we will be climbing up and then down the Ally Detroit Center!  The funds we raise support research, education and patient programs to help the millions of Americans impacted by asthma, COPD, lung cancer, air pollution and other lung diseases.

We will be climbing all 62 floors or 1,278 steps in full firefighter turnout gear to support this cause… but, we need your help!   (Unfortunately, due to space limitations we only have two members participating this year – so your assistance is needed more than ever).

You can donate by visiting our pages on the ALA Website:

Hamtramck Firefighters Team page
Matthew Wyszczelski
Dan Hagen


PUT THE FREEZE ON WINTER FIRES

Home fires occur more in winter than in any other season. Be fire smart! 

Heating fires are a leading cause of home fire deaths.  Half of the home heating fire deaths resulted from fires that started when something that could burn was too close to the heating equipment.

Remember: candles, stoves and ovens are not to be used for heating and should be used with caution! Keep kids away!


UNDER ATTACK

Your Hamtramck Firefighters have taken cut after cut over the years – including reductions in pay, retirement and healthcare. Now, state legislators are preparing new bills to cut retirement and healthcare even more.
Earlier this year, Governor Snyder appointed a Task Force that has made proposals and recommendations that worked for everyone. However, it looks like this will be ignored and these new bills will drastically cut the retirements that we’ve worked so hard to maintain.

We need your help – it only takes a minute to assist us. Please contact your local Representative and Senator (find there here) and tell them to leave firefighter and police retirements alone!