2018-10-21 / Front Page

Metamora fire chief to retire after 38 years

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com


Dave Eady Dave Eady METAMORA TWP. — After 38 years with the Metamora Township Fire Dept. — the last 16 as chief — Dave Eady has announced his retirement.

The township recently posted on social media that it’s taking applications for the department’s chief and assistant chief positions. Eady said Assistant Chief Don Brady, who’s been the department’s number two as long has he’s been chief looks like his likely successor, but he said the department has two captains who are equally qualified.

Eady said the 27-member department has two lieutenants and an open lieutenant position. “It’s time to let the younger kids have chance to move up,” Eady said.

Eady, who’ll turn 62 in March, said succession and recruitment have been two frequent topics at recent Lapeer County Fire Association meetings. He said in townships like his, when younger firefighters move out of their parents’ house “we lose them because they can’t find a place to live.”

The trigger for Eady’s retirement was selling his house. He said earlier this year he and his wife decided they couldn’t keep two houses, so they put their home outside of Caro on the market, but when the time came, they decided they didn’t want to give up the barns and acreage, so they put their Metamora house up for sale instead.

“We moved out in the last two weeks,” he said. Eady informed the Metamora Township Board at its Sept. 10 meeting that he will retire effective Dec. 31. “They’ve been good to me,” he said.

The fire chief’s position is a parttime job that pays $1,000 a month, plus additional for fire and rescue runs. “It’s not enough for what we do,” Eady said.

He noted if Brady becomes the next chief, the department will have come full circle. “I hired in under his grandpa and then I worked for his dad,” he said.

“It was a hard decision to make. I’m definitely going to miss it,” he said.

Eady continues to serve as director of the Lapeer County Animal Control, a position he took in December 2017.

Eady’s local public services includes as a Lapeer County Commissioner. He was elected in 2009, and represented the townships of Metamora, Hadley and most of Elba Township. He was re-elected three times.

Eady also served 20 years with the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. and the Metamora Township Police Dept., where he was one of the two first full-time police officers hired by the township.

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