FFD loses "Mom" from its ranks, firefighters have 3 medical assists
The Frankenmuth Fire Department had three calls for service over the past week, all for medical assists. The FFD has had nine alarms through the first 19 days of the 2022.
All three were assists to MMR Ambulance Service and the Frankenmuth Police Dept.
At 5:50pm Wednesday, January 12, firefighters were called to the Kroger Store in the Bavarian Mall, 435 North Main Street. Eighteen fire personnel responded and cleared within 25 minutes.
Shortly after 7pm Saturday, January 15, Frankenmuth fire was summoned to the Bavarian Inn Lodge, One Covered Bridge Lane, to help with a medical call. A total of 11 firefighters reported and cleared 25 minutes later.
Thirty minutes later on Saturday, fire personnel traveled to the 7000 block of East Curtis Road for medical assistance. Eleven responded and they cleared the scene 45 minutes later.
In other FFD news, the Blake Weirauch family, along with several family, friends and plenty of children, enjoyed a morning session with firefighters at the fire station.
The Weirauchs were the successful bidders at the Frankenmuth Historical Association’s Fall Auction held last year and they worked in conjunction with the FFD and specifically with firefighters Brad Thompson and Jason Maurer with this private tour.
“The Weirauchs made the most it by sharing lunch with the group in the joint training room thereafter,” FFD Chief Phil Kerns said.
Kerns also shared that the department’s unofficial “Mom,” Alice Vasicek, peacefully but totally unexpectedly, passed away Sunday at her home.
𠇊lice’s son Matt is a captain on our department. Alice baked us pies for the end of month meals, along with other treats, cleaned our fridge, sewed our patches and flags, was a frequent visitor and was always an energetic supporter of the Frankenmuth Fire Department,” Kerns stated. “She was full of life, was fun-loving and a big teddy bear . . . we are still in shock.”
Vasicek would be at the fire station for the Bavarian Festival’s Sunday Parade, she would stop by and chat with firefighters as their homes as she rode her bike around town, she was an excellent seamstress, painted beautiful rocks and shared M&Ms.
𠇊lice was a woman of faith and a great believer in her God. She will be greatly missed,” Kerns said.