Faces of the FrontlinesFirst Responders Yearbook


To put one’s life in harm’s way for the safety of others is a sacrifice that takes equal amounts of selflessness and courage. In Greater Flint, there are hundreds of men and women willing to put it all on the line for our communities without hesitation. Our police officers and firefighters are second to none in the country and each of them has shown that they are ready to go above and beyond for any of us in need of help.

This section is dedicated to those brave men and women who serve and protect our communities.

My City thanks all the participating fire and police departments and salutes all of the other Genesee County departments: Argentine Township Police, Atlas Township Fire, Burton Police, Clayton Township Police, Davison-Richfield Fire, Davison Police, Flint Fire, Flint Police, Flint Township Fire, Flushing Police, Flushing Township Police, Genesee Township Police, Grand Blanc Police, Grand Blanc Township Police, Linden Fire, Linden Police, Montrose Fire, Montrose Police, Mt. Morris Township Police and Swartz Creek Fire.

Argentine Township Fire & Rescue

Fire Chief Jeremy Kurtz

Staff: Assistant Fire Chief Steven Thompson, Captain Kyle Kurtz, Lt. 1 Todd Jezierski, Lt. 2 Kelly Lawrence, Sgt. 1 Kati Keller, Engineer Jerry Ellsworth, Engineer Duane Kemp, FF/MFR Jeremy Hatton, FF/EMT Jessica Armstrong, FF/MFR Justin Shumaker, FF/MFR Mike Nick, FF/EMT Kelsey Hatton, FF/MFR Todd MacDonell, FF Doug Fulton, Probationary FF Jack Davis, Probationary FF Doug Fulton, Jr.

Located in Linden and formed in 1973, Argentine Township Fire & Rescue provides fire protection and emergency response services to the Linden community. We are committed to the protection of our citizens and community. Our department attends multiple community functions and events, as well. We are researching hosting a blood drive in the near future. We have a carbon monoxide and smoke detector program, and offer classes in CPR and first aid, as well. In recent years, we have had many CPR saves by several members of the Department who were recognized for their lifesaving efforts.

City of Burton Fire Department

Fire Chief Kirk Wilkinson

Back Row: Firefighter Cody Revolt, Firefighter Alex Krajniak, Captain Dustin Woodliff, Battalion Chief James Lincoln, Chief Kirk Wilkinson, Battalion Chief Matthew Raysin, Captain Jeremy Scharrer, Firefighter Christopher Hubler, Firefighter Christopher Kvintus
Front Row: Firefighter Emory Miller, Firefighter Samuel Ashley, Firefighter Logan Merrick, Firefighter Bobbi Long, Firefighter Robert Jeske, Firefighter Michael Gonzalez, Firefighter Christopher Spiewak, Firefighter Zachary Douglass, Firefighter Lynn Hill

The City of Burton Fire Department takes great pride in supporting and helping our community every opportunity we get. Our smoke detector program, installing smoke detectors for free in the homes of Burton residents, has saved lives on multiple occasions. We also offer CPR training for organizations and the public.

We provide services to the residents of the City of Burton, which is an area of approximately 27 square miles. The Department operates out of three stations and has a total of nine fire apparatus. On average, the Department responds to approximately 650 calls for service each year. Fire Station #1 is located at Saginaw/Bristol Roads, Station #2/Headquarters is located at Belsay/Lapeer Roads and Station #3 is located at Davison/Genesee Roads.

Clio Police Department

Police Chief Wendell Millstead

Consisting of the Chief, four full-time officers and three part-time officers, the entire staff is committed to protecting and serving Clio citizens with integrity.

In addition to traditional 24-hour police services, the department provides Clio City Park Patrol, along with other special programs and services.

We are a community-oriented agency, and our members take a keen interest in giving back to the people we serve. We have provided sponsorships for the Boy Scouts of America and Voices for Children Advocacy Center of Flint, which serves young people throughout Genesee County. In addition, our department has become a de facto resource for lost/found animals in the greater community, amongst other efforts.

Clio Area Fire Authority

Fire Chief Jim Bronson

Staff: Assistant Chief Steve Rynbrandt, Office Administrator Mary Johnson, Battalion Chief Leanne Pennington, Battalion Chief DJ Williams

Staffed by highly-trained firefighters both part-time and paid on-call, CAFA covers 72 square miles and provides round-the-clock first response to the City of Clio, Vienna and Thetford Townships and surrounding communities.

As part of its Junior Cadet program, the CAFA teaches important life skills to young people from all backgrounds. Open to young men and women from 6th grade to 20 years of age, the program focuses on “hands on” firefighter career exploration. Those in the program visit local stations, medical facilities, and training centers, and participate in national events and training sessions.

Davison Township Police Department

Police Chief Jay Rendon

(L-R): Ofc. Blayne Fortune, Lt. Corey Haynes, Ofc. Chad Haynes, Det. Terry Coon, SRO Kevin Roberts, Ofc. Spencer Zecchini, Chief Jay Rendon, Ofc. Troy Mitchell, Ofc. Dexter Taylor, Ofc. Mike Bice, and Sgt. David Sohmer

Founded in 1966, this full-time police department operates 24/7 and has grown to 22 sworn full-time officers. We are still growing and provide a number of patrol divisions to help serve the public we protect: Patrol Division, Traffic Division, Bicycle Patrol Division, Detective Bureau, School Resource Officer, Narcotics Detective assigned to FANG (Flint Area Narcotics Group), and Supervision. Within these divisions, we have several officers who specialize in certain areas such as Firearms Instructors, Traffic Crash Reconstructionists, Defensive Tactics Instructors, Drone Operators and more.

Since 2021, we have engaged with our community in ways we previously did not and are always looking for new ideas to engage with our community. We have participated in Coffee with a Cop, Cops & Cones, National Night Out and many more activities. This fall, we will partner with a local church for the Faith & Blue initiative, bringing together the police, the church and the local residents to form an even stronger bond within the community. A food drive is planned for that weekend and later in the year, our officers will continue to make a donation to participate in “No Shave November.” The proceeds are then donated to Outreach East in Davison to help our community members in need.

One large scale operation we ran was a search for a nine-year-old autistic boy who went missing from a Davison Township park (Lake Callis) at around 7pm on July 4, 2015. With no sign of him, we had police K9s, a dive team and several volunteers on foot checking the area by the end of the evening. Officers remained on the scene from the minute this was reported. As each day passed, the search grew larger and by July 8, the search was perhaps the largest police activity Genesee County had ever seen. We had a very large scale technical search involving a mobile command center which oversaw approximately 800 police and fire personnel. We had assistance from just about every agency in Genesee County and surrounding agencies as far as Sault Sainte Marie and Ohio, as well as federal agencies including the FBI, Border Patrol, DEA, ATF and Homeland Security. Each agency provided something – helicopters, ATVs, drones, dive teams, K9s, horses and more. Sadly, the search ended with the boy being found in Lake Callis as a drowning victim. This was a great testament to how public safety agencies came together to work together as a team.

Fenton City Fire Department

Fire Chief Robert Cairnduff

Established in 1875, our department responds to calls in the City of Fenton and parts of Tyrone Township – approximately 500 calls per year.

Some of the special things about our department include a “Fire Explorers” program through the Boy Scouts of America for junior firefighters (boys or girls) aged 14-19. We train these young people right alongside our firefighters and they are also able to respond to certain types of incidents with us. We have always valued our Explorer program as it’s a great recruiting tool for our Department. Currently, 11 of our 30 firefighters were once Fire Explorers.

Our Fenton Firefighters Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds to assist community members, such as those who have been in accidents, experienced a fire, are battling a medical issue, or simply are down on their luck and need help getting back on their feet. We also partner with other community support organizations to provide food giveaways and food baskets to those in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

We participate in numerous community events like the Fenton Freedom Festival, Jingle Fest, National Night Out, Folds of Honor Golf Outing, Back to the Bricks Warm-up, Rotary Veterans’ Breakfast, numerous Fenton school events, and many of our firefighters “ring the bell” for the Salvation Army during the holidays.

We believe strongly in being involved with our community. Interacting with those whom we serve is important to building upon the tremendous support we already receive from everyone in the community.

Fenton Township Fire Department

Fire Chief Ryan Volz

The Fenton Township Fire Department (FTFD) covers approximately 32 square miles, providing fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the residents and visitors of the Township. The FTFD was established in 1975 as an on-call department and in 1996, the Township hired its first full time Fire Chief who is also the administrator of the Department.

The FTFD is committed to the education of Township kids, educating them on fire safety with our “Safe at Home Program.” In addition, FTFD is equipped with automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) for cardiac arrests and we have a thermal imaging camera to detect fires inside of walls and other areas not seen by the human eye.

Flint Township Police Department

Police Chief Kevin Salter

Our Mission Statement, Values Statement and the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics are the values that guide our work and our decisions, and help us to contribute positively to the quality of life in the Charter Township of Flint. They provide the foundation upon which all operational decisions and organizational directives will be based.

Department members are expected to perform consistently, efficiently, effectively, professionally and competently in the daily duties, job responsibilities and work tasks assigned by the supervisory and command staff of this department.

Our community views us as their NEIGHBORHOOD POLICE and expects us to adhere to our stated values and mission; serve them with caring, courtesy, courage and commitment. Our community services include Neighborhood Watch, Vacation House Watch, Extra Patrol Request and several others.

We are all committed to this community, this command and its mission and to professionalism in Law Enforcement. Together, we will positively impact the future of Law Enforcement and leave a lasting legacy for our community.

Forest Township Fire Department

Fire Chief Daniel Campbell

Back row (L-R): Chief Dan Campbell, Asst. Chief Gil Burwell, Bat. Chief Tony Bryant, Adam Dunton, Dave Weir, Seth Burwell, Nathaniel Wilson, Greg Goss, Bob Jennings, Capt. Brian Upthegrove.
Front row (L-R): Kyle Price, Hunter Burgett, Taylor Wilson, Kyle McCracken, Dan Wilson, Lt. Vadice Burgett, Lt. Mark Marriam.

The Forest Township Fire Department covers an area of 36 square miles in the northeast corner of Genesee County that includes the village of Otisville and serves a population of nearly 4500. The department collaborates with the nearby Otter Lake, Columbiaville, Lapeer City, and Marathon Township Fire Departments in training and community outreach including the annual Easter egg hunt in Marathon Township.

Grand Blanc City Fire Department

Fire Chief Don Schreiber

The Grand Blanc City Fire Department was established in 2019 under the direction and leadership of the late Chief Dennis Smith who retired on June 1, 2020 and passed away June 4, 2022. The Department provides fire and rescue services for the residents and business owners in the City of Grand Blanc.

On October 14, 2023 the GBCFD will host their second annual 5K Run and Walk supporting the Grand Blanc City Firefighters Association and the scholarship fund developed for Grand Blanc High School seniors pursuing a career in Police, Fire and EMS. For more information visit gbcffassociation.org.

Grand Blanc Township Fire Department

Fire Chief Robert Burdette

Top (L-R): FF A. Perry, FF J. Johnson, FF J. Sifferman, FF B. Jones, FF N. Perry, FF B. Connell, FF L. Simpson, FF. R. Goodyear, FF. F. Getz, FF. K. Stuart, FF T. Struble, FF A. Newton, FF A. Peterson, FF R. Brancheau, FF K. Price, FF J. Tetmeyer
Bottom (L-R): SGT A. Frank, FM C. Keller, Deputy Chief K. Maricle, Chief R. Burdette, CPT B. Hutchison, LT J. Oxford, SGT M. Sorensen, SGT M. Hertzberg
Absent: FF D. Bechtel, FF S. Blakemore, FF M. Dalrymple, FF J. Dunda, FF J. Haller, FF M. Hocken, FF R. Jeltema, FF J. Jones, FF L. Larsen, CPT W. Larsen, FF S. McKay, FF P. Popadich, FF J. Tapp, and FF C. Wilson

The GBTFD is celebrating its 100th year of service to the Grand Blanc community. Residents can contact our office to receive smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and to have them installed by our staff who provide fire safety education while they are there.

The date for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reconstructed Baldwin Rd. Fire Station will soon be announced, along with an open house planned for October 2023. Another special event planned for 2023 is a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction of a new Fire Station and Department of Public Service facility being built off Dort Hwy.

The Fire Department regularly takes part in many “Trunk or Treat” events held in the community, and we partner with our local law enforcement officers to be a part of the National Night Out, and their Camp Safety! Program that provides kids in grades 3-5 with a fun and interactive introduction to valuable safety tips and techniques. They learn basic at-home safety, school safety, how to give simple life-saving emergency care and get to meet and interact with the very first responders who serve their community.

To celebrate International Firefighters Day, we are planning a 5k run at noon on May 4, 2024.

Metro Police Authority of Genesee County

Police Chief Matthew Bade

Sworn Staff: Lt Mike Murphy, Sgt Steve Mcfadden, Sgt Blake Hiben, Sgt Andrew Grocholski, Det Christine Lutz, Det Gregory Racosta, Ofc Brian Abraham, Ofc John Badal, Ofc Jason Cate, Ofc Brendyn Claerhout, Ofc Mark Cox, Ofc Steven Fisher, Ofc Nicole Gillett, Ofc Joseph Kennedy, Ofc Jeff Montney, Ofc Jeremy Moreland, Ofc Shaun Morey, Ofc Brian Ogle, Ofc Ryan Ortiz, Ofc Jeremy Pizzala, Ofc Trystain Thomas, Ofc Peter Ventimiglia, Ofc Bryan Drinkwine, Ofc Brian Fairchild, Ofc Brian Farlin, Ofc Todd Gilbert, Ofc Matthew Gocha, Ofc Gary Ellis, Ofc Ryan Turvey
Civilian Staff: Executive Secretary Janette Macainsh, Dispatcher/Clerk Courtney Selvia, Property Room Manager Melissa Lewis, Police Service Officer Andy Ortiz, Chaplain Fr. Gene Geromel

Formed in 2017, the Metro Police Authority of Genesee County serves the communities of Mundy Township and the City of Swartz Creek. The sharing of law enforcement resources has been a force-multiplier for both communities and the Authority is always seeking new partners.

Metro has 30 sworn and five civilian members. It is governed by the Metro Police Authority Board which includes Chairman David Krueger, Vice-Chair Corey Bostwick, Tonya Ketzler, Rae Lynn Hicks, David Witter, Nate Henry and Vane King.

Community outreach programs include Camp 911 for kids, National Night Out, Trunk or Treat, Shop with a Hero and our Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Team. Metro is also a proud member of the Hope Not Handcuffs program. In 2019, the Tourism Police Partnership Program (T.I.P.P.) was created in an effort to build a partnership with local hotels. Since then, the program has grown into a countywide initiative.

We especially wish to honor the memory of Officer Jeff Storms whom we lost in 2022 to brain cancer.

Mundy Township Fire Department

In July 2022, the MTFD celebrated its 75th anniversary.

Fire Chief Edward Blight

Serving the residents of Mundy Township with pride and professionalism since 1947, the Charter Township of Mundy Fire Department is dedicated to the preservation of life and property wherever and whenever a resident has a need. An All Hazards Response Team, we are vigilant and ready to respond at any moment.

The MTFD is committed to emergency preparedness and response by maintaining a comprehensive program of planning, preparedness, response and recovery to reduce the loss of life and property in Mundy Township and the surrounding area from fire and disasters with highly-trained fire and EMS personnel.

Our next event of mention is our Fire Prevention Week Open House on Sunday, October 8. We are also planning a Smoke Alarm Installation Blitz in October for Mundy Township residents. In August, the Mundy Township Firefighters Association Car Show featured 186 vehicles and was attended by over 100 spectators.

Richfield Township Police Department

Police Chief Tony Craig

Staff: D/Lt Melissa Galloway, Sergeant Michael Bernard, Officer Adam Vasicek, Officer Brandon Snider, Officer Vinny Cross, Officer Brett Craine, Officer Brenda Flasher, Dispatcher Darlene Riley, Dispatcher Angelique Lawrence, Police Officer Recruit, Nickolas Draheim, Police Officer Recruit, Anthony Hill
Not Pictured: Police Officer Recruits, Anthony Hill, Nickolas Draheim

Located in Davison, the Richfield Township Police Department oversees an area of 36 square miles and a population of nearly 9,000 residents. The staff consists of eight officers, two officer recruits, and two dispatchers.


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