Line Of Duty Deaths (LODDS)
On December 14, 2009 the Tecumseh Fire Rescue Service lost one of its own, Don Massender. Don was more than just a firefighting member of the department and a full-time employee of the Town of Tecumseh, Don was a man gifted with a will to help others and in finding joy and sharing that sense of joy with everyone fortunate enough to come in contact with him.
Donny never missed an opportunity to laugh, to find the humour in an issue or to help someone in need. During his thirty-one years of service to the department he touched so many people with this obvious love of life, his passion for others and the love of his family. Donny is, and will be remembered every day.
Gene Morand was a member of the department for more than 40 years. He was the first volunteer recognized under the Province of Ontario's presumptive legislation acknowledging that volunteer firefighters face the same health risks as full-time firefighters. He was the Deputy Chief of the Tecumseh Fire Rescue Service at the time of his passing. Gene passed on December 17, 1995.
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Massender Family Appreciation Dinner - Don's Birthday - February 23, 2010
#1 Station, Tecumseh