DANSVILLE, Mich. (WLNS) – The Dansville community lost a leader this weekend. Fire Chief Tim Whipple died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon after suffering a heart attack.
Now, the community is taking a step back to remember the loss of a man known as a friend, a father and an admirable chief.
“He was a hard worker, he was respected, he was a good teacher, good listener and he was…he was a good man,” Delhi Charter Township Fire Chief Brian Ball said.
“He was probably one of the first guys to go through a door and one of the last guys to come out,” Dansville local Larry Arnett shared.
“Everybody that knew him absolutely loved, loved him,” said Jeremy Wicks, Pastor of the Millville United Methodist Church.
Chief Tim Whipple lead the Ingham Township Fire Department for 9 years but to his firefighters he was more than just a fire chief…he was a mentor.
“You have leaders, you have managers and then you have Tim…if Tim went into a burning building, they would follow him without question, they trusted him…he was…I mean he was their chief,” Chief Ball stated.
Those who knew him say his presence would light up a room.
“You wanted to be around him, you wanted to…get to know him,” said Chief Ball.
“Chief Whipple’s just a gregarious, fun guy, great guy to be around, absolutely loves this community,” said Wicks.
“For everything he did it’s…it’s going to be tough to…it’s tough to fill the void,” Chief Ball said while shedding a tear.
And those like Larry Arnett who’ve known the Chief for more than 40 years, say he was like family and his legacy will live on.
“He’s very caring and dedicated, definitely dedicated to his job and there’s not going to be another one like him,” said Arnett.
Chief Whipple was 55 years old. He leaves behind his wife of 34 years and two sons who are also firefighters.
“He’s just a great person, he’s going to be missed,” Chief Ball stated.