Mike Zajac, Director of Emergency Services, County of Wetaskiwin is no newcomer to firefighting services. He has served on both the City of Wetaskiwin Fire Department and now as the Director of Emergency with the County. Still, as he introduced retired Millet Fire Department Chief, Al Hegge to the County of Wetaskiwin Council on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 there was a great deal of respect in his voice as he recited a brief summary of Mr. Hegge’s achievements.
“Al Hegge joined the Millet volunteer Fire Department as a Firefighter in 1970. He was appointed Deputy Fire Chief in 1972 to 1985 and Fire Chief from 1985 to 2000. In 1976, he was the driving force in the organizing and developing the East/West Millet Fire Co-op. The mandate of this Fire Co-op was to supply fire protection to a large area of Wetaskiwin County as well as Leduc County.
After retiring from Fire Chief duties, Mr. Hegge remained in the Millet Fire Service until his complete retirement December 31, 2014. During Mr. Hegge’s 44 years of dedicated service he received many honors. In 2002, he received the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal and 30 year bar. In 2010, the Fire Services Exemplary Service 40 year bar. In 2004, the Alberta Emergency Services Medal. In 2005, the Alberta Centennial Medallion. In February 2015, Mr. Hegge was nominated for the Alberta Order of Excellence.
County Council presented Mr. Hegge with a plaque in recognition and respect, for his years of dedicated service to the Millet Fire Services and wished him the best of luck in his retirement.