Dick Schoenfeldt honored for lengthy service to fire department
Longtime Saukville Fire Department member Dick Schoenfeldt has joined elite company.
Schoenfeldt was recognized recently by the Saukville Village Board for having served the department for 50 years.
Only former chief Paul Albinger Sr. equaled that longevity record in the department.
Fire Chief Gilly Schultz said that throughout the years, Schoenfeldt has proven a valuable resource for the department.
“I have served with Dick in a lot of different capacities. He has been a firefighter, secretary of the Friends of the Saukville Fire Department and lieutenant of administrative services handling inspections of sprinkler systems,” Schultz said.
“There are those who might say Dick was a little picky. If we wanted to change a department rule, it might take six months because he would want to make sure every I was dotted and every T crossed.”
Aside from all of his behind-the-scene activity, Schultz said, Schoenfeldt was the driving force behind two community achievements.
“I mentioned how it would be nice if we had a monument for our firefighters, and Dick did a phenomenal job getting donations and now we have a beautiful memorial,” Schultz said.
Similarly, Schoenfeldt spearheaded the creation of a 9/11 memorial procession and program that involved firefighters and law enforcement officers from around Ozaukee County.
While planning one of those early observances, Schoenfeldt reflected on why it was important to him to recall the sacrifices made in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“As Americans, we may sometimes take the blessings of freedom and liberty for granted. Every day, around the world, American troops serve to defend our liberty and freedom,” he said.
“We also need to remember police, fire and emergency service personnel stand ready to protect us at home.”
Wearing his dress uniform at a recent Village Board meeting, Schoenfeldt reflected on his time as a career volunteer.
“It has been a long 50 years. Sometimes it seems like it has been 100 years,” he quipped to village trustees.
“I’ve served with four fire chiefs. A lot of people have come and gone in the department.”
Schoenfeldt noted his tenure with the department also spanned three fire houses.
Image Information: SAUKVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT Lt. Dick Schoenfeldt posed with his daughter Jen (left) and wife Judy in front of a department fire truck on the evening of his Village Board recognition.