2010-03-10 / Front Page

Croswell loses long-time fire chief

Thomas A. Dickensheets Thomas A. Dickensheets Croswell lost a veteran fire chief and employee Sunday morning, when Thomas A. Dickensheets, 55, died unexpectedly. Dickensheets had served 34 years as a volunteer fireman, the last 22 years as chief.

"Tom was a great guy," said Lexington Fire Chief Mike Sharon. "He'd do anything for anybody at any time. He was totally dedicated to Croswell Fire. It is a major loss for Croswell."

"Tom is going to be greatly missed. He was definitely one of the backbones in fire service in Sanilac County," said County Emergency Management Director Todd Hillman.

"We are deeply saddened by Tom's passing. Tom will be dearly missed by his family here at the City of Croswell. Our heartfelt condolences to his family he held so dear," stated Croswell Administrator Dave Tait. He added Mr. Dickensheets' commitment to public service included emergency management for the city of Croswell, Sanilac County Dispatch 911 Committee member, past president of Sanilac County Fireman's Association, president of Sanilac County Police Firemen Field Day Association, board member regional homeland security, and member of the Sanilac County Fire Training Committee, to name a few.

"We all thought of him as Mr. Fireman. He was in it since he was a kid, following in his dad's footsteps," said former Mayor Gary Macklem.

"He was a friend to a lot of people. I can honestly say he was one of the best guys I ever met," said Sharon.

Dickensheets was also an employee of the Department of Public Works for 25 years, 11 of which were served as DPW superintendent. He was also the zoning administrator and cemetery sexton.

"No matter what job Dave Tait gave him he always took it on. We're going to miss him," stated Macklem.

Visitation for Mr. Dickensheets will be today (Wed.) from 2-8 p.m. at Pomeroy Funeral Home in Croswell. The funeral will be Thursday, March 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Croswell.

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