The passing of a long-time firefighter and community member prompted one Maple Creek resident to send a letter to council.
Ivan Schulz passed away at the age of 94 in December. His funeral was held the same month on Dec.28, and two days later Harry Forbes penned a letter to the town council.
“We have crescents named after former mayors of Maple Creek, surely there is something about our Fire Hall that can be named after Ivan Schulz,” Forbes said.
Schulz served a total of 57 years with the Maple Creek Fire Department according to his family and friends. Some years back, Schulz was given a celebration and a golden fire helmet for his 50 years of services.
“At his funeral, I found out by speaking to some of the family and friends, that even after his 50 years of service he didn’t retire. He served an additional 7 years. This has to be some kind of Canadian record,” Forbes said.
While Forbes didn’t know Schulz as well as some others in town knew him, he undoubtedly believes his service should be recognized.
“Everyone told me he was quite dedicated to his town,” Forbes said.” I have also been told that when that fire alarm sounded, Ivan was usually the first fireman at the fire hall.”
In councils last meeting they discussed the letter and the idea of naming a room or something in the fire hall in Ivan Schulz honour, all councillors were on board.