Pine River Volunteer Fire Department
Proudly Serving the Town of Pine River, WI with Fire and First Responder Services since 2006
N1622 Rangeline Rd, Merrill, WI 54452
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The start of the Pine River Fire Department was born with the heart and determination of a lifetime resident of Pine River, John Renken. The idea was to protect our community with a volunteer fire department. He teamed up with other residents, spreading the idea and finding the strength to make this dream come true. He found the strength in John Uttech, Heath Heidemann, and Marv Hartwig. With the help of these three men, the word was spread and the strength was growing. The planning became larger and the volunteers grew. After the passing of a hard fought referendum, the Fire Department was on its way. The 28 volunteers and many others involved worked very hard to make this the strongest, best-trained brotherhood of firefighters around.

The 28 proud men had dedicated many hours of their own time. They put in countless hours of training, after their long, regular workdays, giving up time with their families and special events. Their commitment and dedication is something to be proud of and thankful for. We thank them all for their determination.


The "Original 28"
Rick Burns Dusty Meunier
Michael Caylor Dave O'Brien
John Deering Ryan Plautz
Dan Doering John Rainville
Steve Duley Dave Renken
Gene Emmer John Renken
Marv Hartwig Todd Roman
Tony Hartwig Doug Sann
Heath Heidemann Carl Uttech
Nick Krzanowski John Uttech
Dan Kufahl Craig Voigt
Larry Langbecker Kurt Wendt
Eric Lokemoen Gene Williams
John Magray Jeff Zettler


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