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.”
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.