Merton Community Fire Department

Merton Community Fire Department Inc. was founded January 1, 2015 as a merger between the Merton Fire Department Inc. and the North Lake Fire Department Inc.

Both departments were originally founded in 1917.

North Lake History of Chiefs:

  • Gordon Larkey 1924 – 1945
  • Erv Will 1946 – 1951
  • Fred Hanson 1952 – 1954; 1958 – 1968
  • Gene Daley 1955 – 1957
  • Elroy Schweitzer 1969 – 1970
  • Winfred ‘Windy’ Stapleton 1971 – 1973
  • Terry ‘Tape’ Stapleton 1974 – 2005
  • James Cull 2006 – 2008
  • Jack VanGoethem 2009 – 2012
  • John Marchek 2013 – 2014

Merton Fire Department History of Chiefs:

  • Gustuve ‘Gus’ Staus 1917 – 1926
  • Theodore ‘Ted’ Bies 1926 – 1967
  • Irwin ‘Bud’ Dibble 1967 – 1972
  • Duane ‘Buck’ Cowen 1972 – 1975
  • Joel. A. Rellatz 1975 – 1987
  • Glenn Leidel 1988 – 1988
  • Dennis Ries 1988 – 1991
  • John Leidel 1992 – 2014

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