In response to the recent newspaper article about Chief Mark Hagemeister, I felt compelled to write this letter to express my thoughts about what is going on in Dryden.

My department and myself have worked closely with Chief Hagemeister over the last 30-plus years and never saw or heard of the chief working in an unsafe or unprofessional manager. To the contrary, Mark has always been on the forefront of safety and professionalism. To accuse him of such acts are just not true.

Please understand that we have a close working relationship with Chief Hagemeister and the Dryden Township Fire Department. We will always be there for him, the department, the citizens and the community.

—Chris Warford
Attica Fire