Service Information For Life-Member Paul Martein
It is with deep sadness that the Berwyn Heights VFD announces the death of Treasurer Emeritus, Life Member and former BHVFD Board of Director Paul Martein.
Paul joined the BHVFD as a firefighter in April 1961. In his early years, he was elected to serve on the board of directors. When the BHVFD was having a new firehouse built, Paul was instrumental in ensuring construction of the firehouse was going according to plan. His schedule allowed him the flexibility to be around during the day to monitor progress and answer questions the contractors had.
When the LOSAP program was established, Paul worked with two other members to put together a binder of information. Using minutes of the department and other documents they were able to document our members attendance at calls, training and meetings to ensure they would be able to receive their LOSAP benefit when they became eligible.
In 1990, Paul was elected to serve as the Treasurer. He held this position until 2012. During this time Paul was instrumental in all financial decisions of our department and ensured our financial records were impeccable. He helped to create a life insurance benefit that we offer to members of our department. You could find Paul at the firehouse every morning, Monday thru Friday, beginning at 8 AM and staying until Noon. Of course this was in addition to his regular attendance at meetings of the department.
Shortly after he stepped down as Treasurer, the department unanimously elected him Treasurer Emeritus.
In 2018, Paul was nominated for the Marbery F. Gates Service Cup Award. This is awarded annually by the MSFA for members having not less than 50 years of continuous and faithful service. Unfortunately Paul did not receive the “big” award, but he did receive several accolades for his then 57 years of active service.
The Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad owes much of its success today to the 60 plus years of service Paul provided. There is no doubt that we would not be the successful corporation that we are today if it was not for his dedication and commitment to the Berwyn Heights family and the community we serve. He will be missed dearly.