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10/23/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Surprise! Dean Geise may be learning of a surprise reception in his honor as he reads these words. The Grand Mound Volunteer Fire Department will salute Geise, who is retiring after 44 years of service to the community as a volunteer fireman, at an open house Saturday, Oct. 26, 2-4 p.m. Photo by Sarah Beuthien
Geise hangs up turnout gear after 44 years of service

Sarah Beuthien

Look up the definition of volunteer, and you will read about a person who voluntarily offers himself for a service or undertaking.

Look up "fireman," and there is a description of a person who is employed to extinguish or prevent fires.

Ask anyone on the Grand Mound Volunteer Fire Department what a volunteer fireman is, and Dean Geise is bound to come up in conversation. He also is described as a leader and a pleasure and honor to work with.

After 44 years of service, Geise is hanging up his fire helmet with the Grand Mound Volunteer Fire Department.

"Dean always has been a strong advocate for the department. Whether it has been training, fund raising or recruitment of new firemen, he always has been relied upon to be there and has been such a great influence for the department and the Grand Mound community as a whole," says Debbie Block.

"His many years of experience and guidance will be hard to replace and greatly missed," Block says.

"Dean has been a leader in the department without ever holding a leadership position," says fire chief Kent Brix. Geise told all new members if they wanted to come up and learn the equipment one-on one, he was willing to be there, Brix adds.

Through the years, Geise has seen the department change from a fire service to an emergency service, providing medical, rescue, auto extrication and Hazmat, and through all the change, he "always had a positive attitude" says Brix.

Geise has been known as a tireless recruiter for the department, letting community members know the importance of volunteering.

"Dean has been a very vital asset to the department, and I am sure he is not done. He will continue to inform the community of the importance of volunteering to protect our community," Brix continued.

"As one who has learned many valuable lessons from him, I want to say thank you for his dedicated service to the community," he concluded.

Although Geise does not want any special attention for any of his duties over his many years of service the department will hold an open house at the fire station Saturday, Oct. 26, 2-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

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