2016-09-22 / Local News

With tears, retired Wendels accepts plaque


JUDY WENDELS-OHLFS was recognized Tuesday by the Glen Arbor and Empire Township boards for her 40 years of service to the community. Wendels-Ohlfs served as a member of the Empire Fire Department, and recently as a member of the Glen Lake Fire Department. She is shown here accepting a keepsake box from John Dodson, chief of the Glen Lake Fire Department. JUDY WENDELS-OHLFS was recognized Tuesday by the Glen Arbor and Empire Township boards for her 40 years of service to the community. Wendels-Ohlfs served as a member of the Empire Fire Department, and recently as a member of the Glen Lake Fire Department. She is shown here accepting a keepsake box from John Dodson, chief of the Glen Lake Fire Department. A longtime member of the fire and rescue community was recognized Tuesday by the Glen Arbor and Empire township boards.

Judy Wendels-Ohlfs retired from the Glen Lake Fire Department in late summer after 40 years of service.

Resolutions adopted by both township boards were presented to Wendels-Ohfls, who has served as a volunteer with the Empire Township Fire Department and Glen Lake Fire Department.

The resolutions thanked Wendels- Ohlfs for giving her time and efforts in a “dignified, faithful and professional manner,” and expressed appreciation for her contributions to fire service.

She has been instrumental in maintaining the welfare and safety of residents in both townships, the resolutions state.

In addition, a plaque and keepsake box with patches from both departments were presented.

“I never did it for this,” she said, breaking into tears. “I did this to help people.”

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