South Haven Area Emergency Services Announces New Deputy Chief

Chief Ron Wise of South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES) tells us Firefighter/Paramedic Keith Bierhalter has been promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal.

Bierhalter has 37 years’ experience with the department, 12 years as a paid-on call firefighter and 25 years as a fulltime Firefighter/Paramedic.  He was honored as the department’s Firefighter of the Year in 2010-11.

He has been president of SHAES fulltime Local #2658 for the past 15 years, is a certified fire inspector and fire investigator.

He follows the footsteps of his late father, Lieutenant Edward Bierhalter, as a second generation firefighter.  He has two grown children, Reece and Kelsi, that reside in Dallas Texas.

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Bierhalter has been serving as Acting Deputy Chief since the June 30 retirement of Tony Marsala.