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The West Bloomfield Professional Firefighters Honor Guard was formed in 2001.
Updated On: Aug 13, 2017

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The following events were attended or performed by the West Bloomfield Professional Firefighters Honor Guard to pay respect to our Nations Flag and the people who have lost their lives fearlessly defending our country and protecting the public.

Ceremonies, Presentations and Postings:

 - Michigan Professional Firefighters Union 6th District Meeting: Presentation of National Colors prior to Union Meeting; 2001

- 9/11 Memorial at Temple Israel: Presentation of National Colors prior to memorial in rememberance of the many lives lost during the events of September 11th 2001; 2002

- New York Fire Department 9/11 Memorial Day, New York City: Participated with other Honor Guards from across the U.S.A. and world in a memorial service dedicated to the events of September 11th 2001; 2002

- Great Lakes Burn Camp:  Participated with other Honor Guards in presentation of National Colors during opening ceremonies for the camps 10 year celebration; 2004

- Memorial Day Parade & Flag Raising, Keego Harbor & Sylvan Lake: Raise National Colors at Keego Harbor Veterans Memorial, then lead parade carrying National Colors, and Union Flag;  2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

- West Acres Sub Division 4th of July, West Bloomfield: Marching with National Colors while leading the Independance Day Parade; 2002

- Pine Lake Cemetary:  Rasing National Colors. 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013

- West Bloomfield Town Hall: Raising of National Colors; 2004

- Station 9 Fire Safety Week Open House: Raising of National Colors; 2004

- Six members of the W.B.P.F.F.U. Honor Guard attend formal training in Goshen Indiana: Hosted by the Goshen Police Department Honor Guard; 2005.

- MDA Telethon Donation: Presented a check for all the money raised by the firefighters of Local 1721 to MDA during live T.V. broadcast; 2005

- Firefighter's Park Dedication Keego Harbor: Presentation of National Colors; 2005

- Fire Station 5 Dedication: Raising of National colors in Apparatus Bay; 2005

- Off probation ceremony WBFD Sta.5:  Presentation of National Colors prior to Fire Department members recieving their badge and officially being taken off probation after 1 year of service; 2005

- Honor Guard attended Firefighters Memorial in Roscommon, MI; 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

- One member of Honor Guard sent to attend formal training by the Goshen Police Departmet Honor Guard: Goshen, IN; 2005

- Members of WBFD Honor Guard attended graduation from formal training of above mentioned Honor Guard member: Goshen, IN; 2005

- Fallen Heroes Memorial, Oakland County municipal offices property:  Attended unveiling of new memorial wall. Participated in annual ceremonies for public safety professionals from Michigan who have lost their lives; 2005. 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014

- Special Honors for WBFD Fire Chief James Poppelreiter, 44 years of service:  West Bloomfield Townhall.  Posted National Colors prior to ceremony for our Fire Chief; 2005

- Shop with a Firefighter event:  Shopping at Meijer with donated money and a pizza party with underprivileged kids and their families during December Holidays; 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

- Five members of the Honor Guard sent to formal training by the Goshen Police Department Honor Guard: Goshen, IN; 2006

- Members of the Honor Guard attended graduation from formal training of above mentioned members:  Goshen, IN; 2006

- Veterans Day:  Keego Harbor Memorial Garden. Raising of National Colors, lead parade; 2006, 2007

- Green Elementary at Town Hall: Raising of National Colors prior to students dedicating a memorial tree; 2006

- J.C.C. Local Heroes appreciation/ book fair & book signing ceremony:  Posted National Colors prior to guest speakers presenting at the book fair.  Jewish Community Center gathering room.  West Bloomfield; 2006

- West Bloomfield High school football games and band competitions: Presentation of National Colors prior to National Anthem being performed (multiple games and competitions); 2004, 2005, 2006

- Gus Macker Basketball Tournaments: Presentation of National Colors prior to National Anthem being performed.  Assisted by members of the West Bloomfield Police Department Honor Guard; 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

- Michigan Week Celebration / Flag Raising:  Presenting and raising of National Colors at West Bloomfield Town Hall and Veterans Memorial Rock in Keego Harbor followed by presentation from guest speakers; 2007

- Memorial Day flag raising ceremony at Pine Lake Cemetary:  Raising of National Colors at Pine Lake Cemetary in honor of our military pesonnel who are, or have served our country;  2007, 2013

- West Bloomfield Police & Firefighters Foundation Fundraiser at Marshbank Park:   Presentation of the National Colors during opening ceremonies for the fundraiser; 2006, 2007, 2008

- National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Emmitsburg Maryland:Three members from the Honor Guard participated with other Honor Guards and thousands of Firefighters from around the country to pay tribute and honor all the Firefighters that have lost their lives in the line of duty in 2006.  www.firehero.org ; 2007

- Newest member of the Honor Guard sent to Goshen Indiana for formal training with Goshen P.D. Honor Guard; 2007

- West Bloomfileld Highschool Regional Band Competition: Presentation of National Colors prior to the beginning of the competition.  Assisted by W.B. Police Honor Guard; 2007

- West Bloomfield Township 175th Birthday:  Presentation of national colors along with the West Bloomfield Police Honor Guard; 2008

- West Bloomfield Optimist Club Honors Breakfast: Presentation of national colors along with the West Bloomfield Police Honor Guard; 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

-9/11 Memorial Ceremony: Presentation of colors honoring those lost on 9/11/2001, participation with many police and fire honor guards; 2008

-Keego Harbor New City Hall Dedication: Presentation of colors; October,  2008

-Swearing In Ceremony for New Township Board: Presentation of colors, leading of pledge of allegiance. November 20, 2008

-Opening Ceremonies for the Southeastern Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs: Presentation of colors with Southfield and Farmington Hills Honor Guards. 2010, 2011

-National 9/11 Flag Tour sewing ceremony: Presentation of colors, stand guard and sew to repair flag. 2011

-9/11 Ceremony and unveiling of World Trade Center Steel: Presentation of colors, Bell Ceremony, Taps, Gun salute (P.D.) Unveiling of steel memorial. September 11, 2011

- West Bloomfield Optimist Club Annual Dinner: Presentation of National colors with West Bloomfield Police Honor Guard. 2013

-West Bloomfield High School Public Safety Night and Homecoming: Lead parade and presentation of National Color with West Bloomfield Police Honor Guard. Police and fire static dispalys. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

-West Bloomfield Fire Station 5: Promotion ceremony for new officers. Present colors, Pledge of Allegiance. October 4, 2013

-West Bloomfield Township Hall: Dedication of unknown soldier memorial. Flag raising, November 11, 2013

- Orchard Lake Salvation Army Store: Surprise Pay. Pay for items for customers. December 22, 2013

-West Bloomfield Fire Station 5: Retirement ceremony for Sgt. Kathy McCormick. Presentation of the National color, Pledge of Allegiance. March 28, 2014

- Birmingham, Michigan: "Celebrate Birmingham Festival" Parade. Lead parade with national and state colors. Worked with West Bloomfiled Police Honor Guard. May 18, 2014

- West Bloomfield Township, Michigan: Promotion Ceremony. Presented colors. 1 Promoted to Assistant Chief. 1 to EMS Captain. 1 to Sergeant. 1 to Sgt./Inspector. 1 to Firefighter/Inspector. June 19, 2014

- West Bloomfield Township, Michigan: Media Day rollout for the L.A.S.T. Trailer (Last Alarm Services Trailer) Presented to area departments and  Fire Chiefs. Mock funeral demonstration of Honor Guard skills and tasks. Worked with area police and fire Honor Guards. June 24, 2014

- Honor Guard Camp: 1 new member attended formal training. November 3-7 2014

- West Bloomfield Township, Michigan: Off probation ceremony for three new members. Daniel Oleksiak, Cameron Carson, Matthew Hayes. Presentation of the national color. November 4, 2014

- West Bloomfield Township: St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store Surprise Pay. Honor Guard members pay for purchases of customers.       December 22, 2014

- Off probation and promotion ceremony: 1 to Deputy Fire Marshall, 2 to Captain, 1 to Lieutenant, 2 to Sergeant, 1 off Probation. Congratulations to all. January 14, 2014

- West Bloomfield Township Off probation ceremony: Matthew Kawiecki off probation. Congratulations Matt. April 7, 2014

- Keego Harbor, Michigan Memorial Day parade & flag raising: Lead parade, flag raising at Keego Harbor City Hall. 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

- Hamburg Township, 9/11 Mobile Memorial: presented colors at opening ceremony June 20, 2015

- West Bloomfield Township, Promotion and retirement ceremony: 1 to Lieutenant, 1 to Sergeant/Inspector, 1 to Sergeant, 1 retirement (Congratulations Lieutenant Joe Stanley 25+ years of service). June 22, 2015

- West Bloomfield Township, promotion and retirement ceremony: 1 to Fire Marshall, 1 to Deputy Fire Marshall, 1 to Fire Inspector, 2 retirements: Congratulations Fire Marshall Pat Riney 28 years of service. Lieutenant Rich Paul 26 years of service. November 30, 2015

- West Bloomfield Township, promotion/retirement ceremony: 1 to Lieutenant, 1 to Sergeant. 2 retirements: Congratulations Tracie Dawe 18 years of service. Lt. Vince Ottoboni 26 years of service. February 1, 2016

- West Bloomfield Township, Firefighter Confirmation. 4 Firefighters off Probation. Congratulations: Cody Ferguson, Brian Jewell, Bobby Stimbert, Brandon Lisjak. 2016

- Farmington Hills, Michigan. Glen Oaks County Park. Michigan week breakfast. Fire and police honor guards worked together to present the national and state colors. May 26, 2016

- West Bloomfield Township, Michigan. Promotion/retirement ceremony: 1 to Captain, 1 to Lieutenant, 1 to Sergeant. 1 retirement: Congratulations Captain Dan Dawe 29 years of service. June 30, 2016

- West Bloomfield Township, Michigan. Off probation ceremony. Congratulations: Jacob Plater, David Coster, Wilbert Porter. August 17, 2016

- Detroit, Michigan Comerica Park. Fire Sergeant Aaron Pressel sang the National Anthem to start the game. Sang God Bless America at seventh inning stretch. September 11, 2016

- Novi, Michigan Suburban Collection Showplace. Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs conference. Presentation of the colors opening ceremony. March 1, 2017

- West Bloomfield Township, Mi. Awards ceremony and Family fun Night. Presentation of the colors, assist with award presentation. March 3, 2017

- West Bloomfield Township, Mi. Off probation ceremony. Presentation of the national color. Congratulations: Michael Starkel, Carly Mocny, Aaron Mann, Kevin Chenet, Greg Lapointe, Eric Stange, Alex Heber, Jeremy Adkins. July 11, 2017

W.B.F.D.  Retirement parties attended:

- Captain Don Richardson 2004.  (26 years of service)

- Captain Mike McClain 2005.   (27 years of service)

- Lieutenant Tim Morgan 2005.  (25 years of service)

- Fire Marshal Ted Gauthier 2006.  (28 years of service)

- Captain John Bigger 2006. (28 years of service)

- Captain Bruce Bay 2006.  (26 years of service)

- Lieutenant Charles Cassavoy 2006.  (29 years of service)

- Lieutenant Mike Pryor 2006.  (26 years of service)

- Sergeant Greg Johnson 2006.   (29 years of service)

- Lieutenant Tom Richey 2007   (29 years of service)

- Assistant Chief Ray Riggs 2009  (29 years of service)

- Captain Mike Flynn 2009  (29 years of service)

- Fire Chief James Poppelreiter 2010 (44 years of service)

- Deputy Fire Marshall David Olson 2011 (25 years of service)

- Lieutenant Mark Gahan 2011 (26 years of service)

- Sergeant Kathleen McCormick 2014 (21 years of service)

- Captain Michael Watson 2014 (27 years of service)

- Fire Chief Jay Wiseman 2015 (25 years of service)

- Fire Marshall Pat Riney 2015 (28 years of service)

-Executive Assistant Dora Montgomery 2017 (28 years of service)

May you all have a long, healthy and safe retirement.  

Funerals Attended / Participated in Honoring Fallen Firefighters & Police Officers:  

Together we Honor those who gave all   

  LODD = Line of Duty Death.

- Royal Oak Fire Department, MI.   Fire Marshal Larry Zimmerman 2003.    LODD

- Bloomfield Township Police Department, MI.   Police Officer Gary Davis 2004.   LODD

- Detroit Fire Department, MI. Firefighter Stephen Uhl 2005.  

- Southfield Fire Department, MI.   Retired Lieutenant Jim McRoberts 2005.   

- Ann Arbor Fire Department, MI.   Firefighter Amy Pennywhitt 2006.    LODD

- South Bend Police Department, IN.   Police Officer Scott Severns 2006.    LODD

- Windsor Police, Canada.   Constable John Atkinson 2006.    LODD

- Detroit Fire Department, MI.   Firefigher Joseph Torkos 2007.   LODD

- Camp LeJeune, NC.  Firefighter Michael Henderson (of Commerce Twp.) 2007.   

- Tri-City Fire Department, MI.   Retired Assistant Fire Chief John Kessel 2007.

- Ypsilanti Fire Department, MI.  Firefighter Rick Lapensee 2007.

-Detroit Fire Department, MI.  Senior Firefighter Walter P. Harris 2008 LODD

-West Bloomfield Township Fire Department, MI.  Retired Lieutenant Roscoe Hunt 2011 

-Redford Township Fire Department, MI.  Active Duty Firefighter Michael Bettley 2011

-West Bloomfield Township Police Department, MI.  Sgt. Patrick O'Rourke 09-09-12 LODD

-West Bloomfield Township Fire Department, MI.  Retired Fire Chief, Carl Borg 09-11-12

-Canton Township Fire Department, MI.  Active Duty Firefighter Ryan Swick, 2013

-Detroit Fire Department, MI.  Retired Firefighter Gordon Brown 2013 

-Wayne Westland Fire Authority, MI.  Brian Woehlke 05-13-13 LODD

-Leroy Township Fire Department, MI. Gregory Flynn 05-30-13

- West Bloomfield Township Fire Department, MI.  Retired Firefighter Leonard Raupp 06-08-13

- Birmingham Fire Department, MI. Active Duty Firefighter Patrick Nagle 09-07-13

- West Bloomfield Township Fire Department, MI. Retired Firefighter Michael Marsh 06-16-14

- West Bloomfield Township Fire Department, MI. Retired Volunteer Firefighter Don Piggott 2014

- Alpena Township Fire Department, MI. Active Duty Firefighter Bob Kaszubowski 2014

- West Bloomfield Township Fire Department, MI. Retired Volunteer Firefighter Ray "Marty" Westlake 2014

- Birmingham Fire Department, Mi. Active Duty Firefighter Evan Patrick Johnesee 11-26-14

- West Bloomfiled Township Fire Department, Mi. Active Duty Fire Lieutenant Jeffrey R. Hiltner 02-26-16

- Milford Fire Department, Mi. Firefighter/EMT Ron Savage 02-02-17 LODD

- Memorial service was attended for the following 9 Charleston, South Carolina Firefighters that died in the line of duty June 18th 2007.

  Fire Captain William Hutchinson 
  Fire Captain Mike Benke  
  Fire Captain Louis Mulkey
  Fire Engineer Mark Kelsey
  Fire Engineer Bradford Baity
  Fire Assistant Engineer Michael French
  Firefighter James Drayton
  Firefighter Brandon Thompson

 Firefighter Melven Champaign  

                 http://www.charlestoncity.info/dept/content.aspx?nid=1378

May all of our fallen Brothers and Sisters rest in peace.

"Here's to us and those like us..."


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