Peninsula Fire Department leads birthday parade | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Fire Department leads birthday parade | Jane Boursaw Photo
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During a brief little bit of down time, I was thinking of how well and proactive our township, community and fire department has been during these uncertain times. The township did many proactive things to help keep the staff and residents safe and healthy. Peninsula Township residents, from what I have seen, have done a good job of social distancing while still being able to enjoy the many beautiful things that our township has to offer. I have received many calls from residents who just wanted to say thank you for being there. This means the world to us.

I am extremely proud of the members of our Peninsula Township Fire Department as they have taken this (COVID-19) virus on with dedication, professionalism, and determination in a time of great uncertainty to continue to deliver a great service to all our residents. They have dealt with many policy changes from the state, from our local medical control, and from myself. All these changes have been geared to keep them and the residents safe. We have had to socially distance ourselves from the people we love to serve, and that is hard.

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I consider myself lucky to have such a great team in place in our department who will go above and beyond in a time of crisis, and I say THANK YOU to all of our members. I especially want to thank all our members’ families, as they are worried about their loved ones’ safety. To them, I can say we are doing everything possible to assure that our members go home healthy and safe every single day.

Together we will all get through this and be stronger because of it. I hope everyone has a blessed, safe and healthy Easter Sunday.

-Fred Gilstorff, Fire Chief, Peninsula Township Fire Department

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

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