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Community celebrates the profound impact and legacy of retiring Fire Academy Instructor

Kiurski with Bollin and Theis

Colleagues and community guests gathered at the Brighton Area Fire Authority Station 34 to celebrate the career and retirement of Captain Tom Kiurski.

After 43 years of service as a firefighter, the last ten of which were leading the Howell Schools Fire Academy, Brighton Area Fire Authority (BAFA) Captain Tom Kiurski will be officially retiring at the end of June.

Chief Michael O’Brian praised Kiurski for his years of dedicated service, explaining that Kiurski was “a huge part of what made this program so successful.” He also noted that there have been approximately 250 graduates of the Howell Fire Academy over the decade, and that the vast majority of those graduates are now employed as firefighters and first responders. That being said, O’Brian explained, Kiurski’s “impact in the community will be felt for another thirty to forty years.”

Also present were State Senator Lana Theis and Ann Bollin of the Michigan House of Representatives. Theis expressed her admiration for Kiurski’s leadership and expertise in pioneering the Howell Fire Academy. Bollin added that thanks to Captain Kiurski, “our community is much better.”

Kiurski was also honored with a congressional commendation from Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin. In congratulating Captain Kiurski before the U.S. House of Representatives, Slotkin stated that  it was only fitting to “celebrate the profound difference he has made and the legacy he leaves behind” adding that “the Livingston County community is beyond fortunate to have reaped the benefits of his service.”

A full interview with Captain Kiurski and Mike Witt can be found on the Mike and Jon YouTube channel.

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