Funk retiring as Ludington fire chief, after serving 50 years.

December 9, 2020

Ludington Fire Chief Jerry Funk. Photo by Rob Alway.

Funk retiring as Ludington fire chief, after serving 50 years.

LUDINGTON — Jerry Funk has announced that he will retire as the Ludington fire chief after serving on the department for 50 years, including 26 years as chief. 

“During my time on the fire department I have met some wonderful people, many of whom are my friends,” Funk said in a letter addressed to the city council, City Manager Mitch Foster, and his fellow firefighters. “I have enjoyed all the community events the department has participated in over the years and will miss being part of these activities. 

“In the past 50 years I have seen a lot of changes and observed the tremendous amount of dedication firefighters have to the department. It has been my pleasure to work with Pere Marquette Township, Hamlin Township and the rural fire departments. The cooperation amongst the departments is commendable. 

“I will forever cherish the years I have served on the Ludington Fire Department and the time I served the residents of the city.” 

In June 2020, MCP posted an interview with Funk reflecting on his 50 years of service. Read that story here. 

Funk submitted the letter to the council during its regular meeting on Dec. 7. His retirement will take effect Jan. 6, 2021. 

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