On Saturday, July 1st the Indiana Fire Marshall’s Office awarded a LaPaz-North Township Volunteer Firefighter with the Meritorious Service Medal. 

Paul Tyler was honored for his 62 years of dedicated and unselfish service to the LaPaz-North Township Volunteer Fire Department.

LaPaz Fire Chief Matthew Haskins said, “If you were to ask Paul about what it has meant to dedicate his life to this department, he’d probably just shrug it off.  He belongs to the generation that, when a need is seen, you step up.  And as admirable as that is, it is not an easy life to constantly give of yourself and expects absolutely nothing in return. When you ask some of Paul’s brothers in the department, they will tell you that he is always humble, dependable, loyal, and trustworthy. These are all things that can only describe someone willing to dedicate 62 years to middle-of-the-night fires, accidents during snowstorms, responding to medical alarms for your neighbors in the community, and countless other horrors that not everyone can handle.”

Paul Tyler not only served as Sergeant and a Safety Officer for the LaPaz-North Township Fire Department but also as a brother, friend, and confidante.

The chief said, “As Paul hangs up his firefighter helmet and enjoys the beautiful life he’s created with his loving and incredibly supportive wife, Linda, and their wonderful family, our community can never accurately convey the gratitude that we have for Paul’s life of service.”

John Grolich from the Marshall County Firefighters Association President and Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association District 5 Chairman presented the award to Paul Tyler.