MARQUETTE TWP., Mich. (WLUC) - The Fire Chief of the Marquette Township Fire Department has officially announced his retirement Thursday.
Ron DeMarse first joined the fire department in 1977 to start his career in emergency services. Since then he has served as both chief and fire marshal for a total of eight years.
DeMarse says he will miss the camaraderie between himself and his fellow firemen after he retires. He has dreamed of being a fireman ever since he was young.
“I was the little kid that ran to the corner every time the fire trucks came by on the way to Cliff-DOW which was real regular those days,” said DeMarse. “I always dreamed of being a firefighter, and I managed to fulfill my dream so I'm a pretty happy guy about that.”
DeMarse will be retiring June 30th to spend time with his family and is looking forward to camping. He will serve in an advisory capacity to the fire department after his retirement.