January 14, 2009 A lifelong community member, a lifetime of service. This is how many will remember Almont Township Fire Chief Paul Wilcox, who lost his battle with cancer last week.
The 66-year-old dedicated more than half of those years to the fire department and public safety—often risking his own safety in the course of his service on the volunteer department.
A mentor to many young firefighters, Wilcox was also committed to running a well-trained, professional department. A role model, he immersed himself in many aspects of the fire service including local and state associations, arson prevention and fire safety and served as a state representative on the National Volunteer Fire Council.
Wilcox will be missed by his hometown, and by the community as a whole as he was active in the area for most of his life.
We join in the Almont community and with his brothers and sisters on the Almont Township Fire Department in saluting Paul Wilcox for his years of service to the community, and bowing with respect to his dedication to public safety. The mark he leaves behind lives on in the firefighters and community leaders he inspired.