Saugatuck Twp. Fire Chief honored for life-saving leadership

Saugatuck Township Fire chief Greg Janik
Saugatuck Township Fire Chief Greg Janik holds his award. (Michael McLeieer)

SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — One of the first adopters of WOTV’s Operation Save A Life program has been honored for sharing life-saving lessons with the community.

Saugatuck Township Fire Chief Greg Janik was awarded the Public Educator of the Year Award Thursday in East Lansing.

Janik rose to the top of the list of statewide candidates because of his leadership and commitment to educating students and community members year-round.

Janik joined the Saugatuck Township Fire District on Nov. 20, 2001 as a paid on-call firefighter. He became a full time fire inspector, firefighter and medical first responder with the department in 2004. The same year, he began the public education program at Saugatuck Public Schools with a goal of turning students into the fire inspectors of their household.

Janik moved to the top post of fire chief on May 17, 2014. That same year, he launched a community risk assessment, which led to free smoke alarm installations at homes throughout Saugatuck Township.

Janik and his fire department joined the WOTV Operation Save A Life program in 2014. As part of the program, firefighters and American Red Cross volunteers install free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at homes throughout West Michigan.

For more information on Operation Save A Life or to schedule a free alarm installation, email or call toll free 1.844.978.4400.

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