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Tuesday, June 2, 2020
 
 
 
Firefighters entertain the crowds at the annual Uncle Al’s Kids’ Party
- photos courtesy of Frieda Parker Steele
 
Eugene Steele
 
Eugene Steele
  Eugene Steele was the first African Canadian to be a member of the Windsor Fire Department. He married Frieda Parker and was the father of five daughters. Mr. Steele was also well known for the elegant hats he made and decorated with pheasant feathers. Several of his creations were on display at the Prince Edward Hotel in the early 1960’s.
 
Ron Jones
 
Ron Jones
  In 1966 Ron Jones was hired by the Windsor Fire Department. He became its highest-ranking black officer with a rank of District Chief in 1995. He obtained the level of Expert in Incident Command through the Ontario Fire College and has trained members of fire services in Windsor and across Ontario. Jones has qualified as a Hazardous Materials Incident Manager and worked with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service on matters of counter-terrorism.
 
Richard Dennis
 
Richard Dennis
  Richard was born in 1966 in Windsor, to Glenn and Gail Dennis. He was raised as the sixth child in a family of seven kids who attended H.E. Bondy Public School. Richard graduated from Central, then attended Centennial Secondary. He ran Track & Field while in elementary school. He went on to play basketball and football in high school, winning a city Football Championship with the Cougars in 1984. After high school he began working for his father at Kadem Technology in the Mold Design/Tool and Die industry before being hired onto the Windsor Fire Department in 1987.

Richard was married for 13 years and has four children, Jordenne, Jacqueline, Jillian and Christian, who range from 8 to 16 years of age. Currently Richard is working on the Westside of Windsor at Station #4 on College Avenue and he is an eighteen year, 1st Class Qualified Captain.

 
Tim Dennis
 
Tim Dennis
   
 
George Copeland
 
Firefighter George Copeland with his children, twins Maxwell and Tira and big brother Chad  Photo Courtesy of George Copeland
  George Copeland was born in Borough County near Leeds in England on October 4th, 1960. He moved with his family to Windsor as a young child and attended F.W. Begley Public School. As a teen he attended W.D. Lowe and graduated from J. L. Forster High School. George is a graduate of St. Clair College with a Degree in Data Processing.

George joined Windsor Fire Protection Services on January 3rd, 1993. He currently holds the rank of 1st
Click for video clip   Class Firefighter and is a Qualified Captain. George is the proud father of three, oldest son Chad and twins Tira and Maxwell.
 
Carey Chase
 
Firefighter Carey Chase with nephew Cornell, July 17, 2005, photo courtesy of Carey Chase
  Carey Chase was born and raised in Windsor and attended Dr. H.D. Taylor Public School and Forster Collegiate. As a teenager Carey earned the title of Michigan Golden Gloves champion for boxing and participated in martial arts. He then joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served 5 years with the Royal Canadian Artillery in C.F.B Gagetown, NB and achieved the rank of Master Corporal. Carey returned to Windsor and became a Police officer with Windsor Police Services. He went on to be an
Firefighter Carey Chase with nephew Cornell, July 17, 2005, photo courtesy of Carey Chase  

Enforcement Officer Supervisor with the Ministry of Transportation.

 
After years of obtaining specialized courses and credentials Carey Chase became a firefighter with Windsor Fire and Rescue Services in 2003 at the age of 41. Mr. Chase is a member of the firefighter Honour Guard and his photograph has appeared in the 2005 firefighter calendar. He participates in many events and fund raisers on behalf of the W.F.R.S. and is a coach for both the Windsor South Canadian Baseball League and the Windsor Soccer League. Mr. Chase has been happily married for 23 years to his lovely wife Lisa and has two wonderful children, Deon and Tasia.
 
For more information on Windsor Fire and Rescue please visit their website at www.windsorfire.com.
 
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