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Our View: Fritz showed dedication to community

2:56 PM, Dec. 13, 2012  |  Comments
Steve Fritz
Steve Fritz
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Rothschild Fire Chief Steve Fritz died this week of an apparent heart attack. He was 58. He'll be missed by the community he served, and we wanted to take time to express our own appreciation for the years he put into his role making Rothschild safe.

Fritz, a lifelong resident of the Wausau area, was a firefighter for 13 years before becoming fire chief in 2007. He also worked as an electrician for Domtar, and he had been an adjunct emergency medical services instructor at Northcentral Technical College.

"I also like riding my Harley and ATVs in the summertime," Fritz told Daily Herald Media in a 2007 story about his taking the job as chief.

Anyone who chooses to fight fires has a strong community-service ethic. It's a job that requires some risk in order to protect the public. And for Fritz and other Rothschild firefighters, it was a part-time job, which meant balancing his responsibilities to the department with his other professional responsibilities. He frequently walked across Business Highway 51 from his job at Domtar on his lunch hours in order to check in on things at the Fire Department, Rothschild Police Chief Dean Albrecht said this week.

The community owes a debt of gratitude to Fritz for his dedication to the job. We lost him too soon.

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