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Former employee supports naming park after former fire chief

3/13/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

I started working ambulance in 1958 before it was called EMS. I moved to Green in the late 1970s, becoming a part-time dispatcher for Green in the 1980s. Over the years prior to working for Green Fire, during and after I had many interactions with [former fire chief] Mike Calderone.

I always remember the things he did that nobody knew he did to better the fire and EMS service for the good of the community. He foresaw future needs of the community, including early purchase of used aerial equipment prior to Green having buildings that would require this so that when the time came they were prepared. He worked tirelessly to bring the volunteer service to a first-rate professional service that had long gained the reputation as the finest to serve the community he loved.

He talked professionalism to everyone, expected professionalism, and more importantly, was the example of professionalism. It was important to him that the professionalism was not only in mannerism but knowledge as well. For example, after every fire or EMS run, a post mortem was held to review opportunities for improvement and learning. He was an advocate for education and training.

I whole-heartedly support the idea of a Mike Calderone Central Park of Green. The idea of a Mike Calderone Central Park would also lead to a fire and EMS design that could include ways to teach fire safety and life safety skills. This would be a great way to continue his legacy of teaching fire safety and public health to the community.

Fredric Cornell, Green

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