Deputy Chief Charles Schaible is retiring from the Saline Area Fire Department after more than 30 years on the job.
Schaible’s service was recognized at the Saline Area Fire Board meeting Wednesday night. Fire Chief Craig Hoeft prevented Schaible with a plaque and Saline Mayor Brian Marl presented Schaible with a tribute. Schaible’s last day is June 30.
Chief Hoeft said that he, the department and the community was fortunate that Schaible left farming to become a full-time firefighter.
“It was a blessing for us because he brings family values the farming work ethic. If you needed it, he’d fix it or he’d build it. Whatever needed to be done,” Hoeft said.
Mayor Brian Marl also offered thanks.
“You brought to this department a tremendous work ethic, a deep integrity and a commitment to ensuring the citizens of Saline received quality service from the Saline Area Fire Department,” Marl said. “I want to thank you for your three-decade-plus tenure with the Saline Fire Department and I wish you and your family the very best in your retirement.”
Schaible made brief, heart-felt remarks.
“I don’t know which decision was harder – back in 1988, to come here and quit farming, or leaving here today. But in the long run, this was a good decision. I’ve made a lot of friends and worked with a lot of people,” Schaible said. “I appreciate this (fire) board for what you guys have done for me, for us, and for the community.”
While he’s retiring, Schaible promised he’d “stay in the shadows” and said he planned to cook with the SAFD at the Firehouse Chicken barbecue at Summerfest in August.