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Mishawaka Fire Department Celebrates Retirement and Promotions

The Mishawaka Fire Department bids a fond farewell to Battalion Chief Michael Croy as he embarks on a well-deserved retirement after 36 years of dedicated service. Chief Croy has been an invaluable member of our team, serving in various capacities throughout his esteemed career, including as Driver/Operator, Lieutenant, Captain, and, most recently, as Battalion Chief. His leadership, expertise, and unwavering commitment to public safety have left an indelible mark on our department and the community we serve. We extend our heartfelt thanks and best wishes to Chief Croy and his family as they begin this new chapter.

In addition to Chief Croy’s retirement, we are pleased to announce the promotion of Battalion Chief Dave Bennett, who will celebrate 26 years of service to the city this May. BC Bennett has demonstrated exceptional versatility and leadership during his tenure, having held esteemed positions as Lieutenant and Captain across both the Suppression and EMS divisions. His dedication to excellence and his role as a lead paramedic accredited by the St. Joseph County Emergency Medical Services Commission make him a valuable asset to our department and the community.

Furthermore, we congratulate Lieutenant Shawn Waldron on his continued commitment to serving the Mishawaka community. Since joining the department in 2011, Lt. Waldron has displayed a steadfast dedication to his profession, undergoing rigorous paramedic education to enhance his service. His hard work and determination have earned him lead paramedic status and advancements to the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain within the EMS division. Lt. Waldron’s exemplary service extends beyond his professional duties, as he proudly served in the United States Army Reserves as a Chief Warrant Officer, culminating in a distinguished 20-year career.

As we bid farewell to Chief Croy and celebrate the promotions of BC Bennett and Lt. Waldron, we reflect on their collective contributions to the safety and well-being of our community. Their dedication, professionalism, and unwavering commitment to service are a testament to the values upheld by the Mishawaka Fire Department. We extend our gratitude to Chief Croy for his years of service and congratulate BC Bennett and Lt. Waldron on their well-deserved promotions. We look forward to their continued leadership and contributions to our department and the community