LETTER: Chief Pintar says he is one who should be saying thanks

LETTER: Chief Pintar says he is one who should be saying thanks
Timmins Press
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Timmins Fire Chief Mike Pintar points to the spot on the city map where the Vipond Road forest fire began in 2010. He said that fire was so dangerous, it still haunts him to this day. After 13 years as chief, Oct. 31 marks Pintar's last day on the job, as he is retiring.

Well, Halloween 2017 is fast approaching and all the kids are excited for trick or treating, but I am especially excited as this will be my last official day as fire chief for the City of Timmins.

I am simply overwhelmed and humbled at all the gratitude I have received from everyone and especially Mayor Black who has graciously thanked me on several occasions. However, I do have to correct him as he has it backwards ... I should be the one who should be thankful.

I have been very fortunate in my life and thank everyone who has had a part in it. There are too many individuals to mention and I would probably take up several pages of The Press, but I will try to make it as brief as possible. Growing up in Schumacher, I had a wonderful childhood with great parents and siblings, and wonderful teachers, coaches and especially great friends who are like family. This support continued in my working career which started at the Dome Mine (Goldcorp) where I was fortunate to have worked with great people who are still very close to me and I have stated on many occasions, I miss the “Old Dome Family”.

For the 30 years of coaching hockey, I have had the privilege of being associated with great associations, coaches, players and parents who have always been wonderful.

For the last 20 years with the City of Timmins Fire Department, I was fortunate and very thankful to all the mayors, council and department heads as they have all been supportive of the fire department and myself. I wish to thank all of the city departments for their support and they are great people that provide superb service to the citizens and other city departments.

I have said this many times but I believe our fire department is one of the best in the country and that is because of the great group of volunteer firefighters and career firefighters.

Our administration staff including training and fire prevention is second to none and I thank all of them for making my job easy. Throughout my career, I have to say that the Timmins media has been wonderful supporter of the fire department and they have had to put up with many of my quirks and jokes but I have to thank them immensely for the great job they all do.

Lastly, I have to thank all the residents of the City of Timmins as everyone has been very supportive of myself and the fire department and I have been overwhelmed by the positive comments from everyone. I would not have been able to give my fullest to my career if not for the caring and support of my wife Paulina and kids, Owen and Andrea. They are all godsends for putting up with me.

In closing, I am a very lucky individual that has the best family, friends, co-workers, supervisors and citizens and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Mike “Spyke” Pintar

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