On Wednesday, the Loveland Rural Fire Protection District bid farewell to one of its longtime administrators and volunteer firefighters, thanking him for his years of service to Loveland.
Andy Anderson was honored and recognized at the May LRFPD board meeting on Wednesday afternoon, the day after the unofficial board election results were released. Anderson did not run for re-election to his managerial seat.
The unofficial results were sent by Kammy Tinney, election officer as well as LRFPD board secretary, on Tuesday evening, with incumbents Jeff Swanty and Dave Legits set to secure their seats for another three-year term and William Lundquist winning the empty future. seat.
Anderson has a combined service of 56 years in Loveland, Fire Chief Tim Sendelbach said Wednesday. This included his time as a Loveland Volunteer Firefighter, Board Director and even Fire Chief of the Loveland Volunteer Fire Department from 1981 to 1982.
Anderson thanked everyone who came out to honor him Wednesday afternoon, saying he really enjoyed his time working as a volunteer firefighter.
“I learned a lot, I saw a lot, I did a little,” he said. “It’s a great organization.”
At Wednesday’s meeting, Sendelbach recognized Anderson for the more than five decades he has dedicated to protecting the people of Loveland.
He commented on the significance of the time Anderson had spent with the department.
“It’s the epitome of selfless, humble service,” he said.
Members of the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, several city council members and city staff also came out to honor Anderson’s work, and fellow trustees Jeff Swanty and Tom Chesney praised Anderson after the meeting. of Wednesday.
Chesney said he has been a wonderful contributor to the board over the years.
“I hope many more will follow in his footsteps,” he said.
Swanty said he was lucky to know Anderson not just in a working capacity, but in their shared passion for cars – he added that Anderson’s volunteer nature would show up even at car shows where he inspected vehicles for safety.
He added that although Anderson was a calmer person, what he had to say had a big impact.
“When he talks you want to listen because it’s important and he knows what he’s saying,” Swanty said.
After receiving a standing ovation, Anderson was treated to cake, a chat and, at his request, a ride in the department’s old Mack fire truck. As he prepared to step away from the world, Anderson said that like many other volunteer firefighters, he joined the department so many years ago simply because it was what he wanted to do.
“We played hard when we played, but we also worked hard when we worked,” he said. “There has been a lot of camaraderie in running our department. I feel very lucky to have had the chance to be part of this group over the years, because it was a great group. Thank you.”