Fire Chief Rick Horton says the honoree goes above, beyond


IMLAY CITY — Fire Chief Rick Horton has named newly-promoted Imlay City Fire Lt. Jeff Marceau as the department’s 2022 “Firefighter of the Year.”

Imlay City Fire Chief Rick Horton (right) presents Firefighter of the Year Award to Fire Lt. Jeff Marceau, for his many years of service and dedication on behalf of the ICFD and Imlay City residents.

A 2003 graduate of Imlay City High School, Marceau has been a firefighter for the past 20 years, having joined the Attica Twp. Fire Dept. while he was still in high school.

After five years with the Attica department, Marceau spent a year in Iraq as a contract firefighter.

Lt. Marceau said it was after witnessing a rollover accident in front of his home that he was inspired to join the fire service.

“I knew I wanted to do something positive and to serve my community,” he recalled. “I have two brothers that were in the service, and I wanted to do something, too.”

Chief Horton said Marceau has more than lived up to his duties as a firefighter, thus warranting his promotion to lieutenant.

“Jeff always goes above and beyond,” said Horton. “He does a sensational job and is very deserving of recognition of this promotion.”

Marceau’s admiration and respect for firefighters even extends to his choice in a bride.

In July of 2022, he shared wedding vows with wife, Billie, a retired assistant fire chief with the Fostoria Fire Dept. in Tuscola County.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.