Rick Krouse was honored by the City of Hastings at his retirement from the Hastings Department of Public Services and Assistant Fire Chief in the Hastings/BIRCH Fire Department. Mayor David Tossava presented Krouse with an official Proclamation from the city recognizing his long service and dedication to the city and its residents during a retirement get together at the city garage Friday afternoon.
“Rick has been a valuable contributing part of growing and improving our community over the years through his dedicated service to the city and its citizens and we recognize and honor Rick Krouse for his many years of dedicated service to the city,” Tossava said.
A volunteer firefighter since Aug. 1984, Krouse was promoted to lieutenant in March 1994, and made assistant fire chief in March, 1996. He chaired of the Barry County Fire Association and oversaw Firefighter I and II training.
Hired full time as an Operator 3 at the DPS in March, 1996, Krouse was promoted to Operator 2 in 1999 and Operator 1 in 2000.
At the city council meeting Tuesday, Tossava recognized other city employees who have reached significant milestones in their service.
Each received a certificate of appreciation from the city:
*Barbara Haywood, Hastings Public Library..10 years
*Pamela Englerth, Hastings Public Library….15 years
*Peggy Hemerling, Hastings Public Library…20 years
*Dennis Lajcak, Hastings Police Dept………..20 years
*Josh Sensiba, Hastings Police Dept………… 20 years
*Jeff Pratt, Hastings Police Dept…………….30 years
*Frances Brummel, City Treasurer’s Dept….. 30 years
*Bruce Conen, Hastings/BIRCH Fire Dept…..40 years.
Rick Krouse, left, accepts an Official Resolution from the City of Hastings honoring him for his long service to the city. Mayor David Tossava presented it to him on his retirement from the Hastings Department of Public Services and the Hastings/BIRCH Fire Department.