Sauer is new McGregor Hook and Ladder chief

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Tom Sauer is the new fire chief of McGregor Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1. He has served with the department for 35 years and held every other available officer position.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

McGregor Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 has a new fire chief. Tom Sauer recently took over the position from Jerry Thornton, who had served since 2015.

Sauer is no stranger to the department. He began volunteering in 1985 and, in the 35 years since, has held every other available officer position.

Since becoming foreman, he’s dreamt of rising through the ranks.

“My mother [Ivy Sauer] was one of the first to implement the Mar-Mac Rescue Squad,” Sauer shared. “When I got the foreman position, I told her, ‘One day, I’ll be chief.’ It was a great goal I wanted to reach.”

As fire chief, Sauer said he’s responsible for making sure the department is maintained and that the equipment is ready for the firefighters to use. 

Holding other leadership positions has helped prepare him for the role.

“I know what steps have to be taken and what goes into each position,” Sauer said. 

He’s also completed many courses over the years, covering everything from self-contained breathing apparatuses to vehicle and farm equipment rescues.

The training and commitment it takes to maintain a volunteer fire department is no easy task.

“It’s a bigger position than people might think, but I’m ready for it,” Sauer said.

The chief noted his favorite part about being involved with McGregor Hook and Ladder is being able to give back to the community.

“It’s also a great bunch of guys to work with,” he added.

Sauer encourages other Marquette and McGregor residents who reside in the protected area to consider joining the department. Firefighters meet the first and third Thursdays of each month, at 6:30 p.m.

“Stop in and see if you like it, and go through a training practice,” he said. “This is a great group, and being involved can make you a better person.”

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