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Retired PFD Chief Lewis Craig dies

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Celebrating Lewis Craig Sr.: Retired Porter Fire Chief Lewis T. Craig Sr. is honored for nearly half a century of service at a retirement party on Friday, Jan. 12, at the Community Building in Hawthorne Park. Craig died on Wednesday at the age of 74. (Photo provided)



Retired Porter Fire Chief Lewis T. Craig Sr. died unexpectedly on Wednesday evening.

He was 74.

Craig dedicated all of his 45 years in the fire service to the Porter FD. Under his tenure as chief, the PFD honed its Dive/Rescue Team into one of the premier water units in Northwest Indiana, which sees frequent service on Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and is often called to rescues and searches throughout the region.

Craig’s final call came on his final day on the job, Monday, Jan. 8, when he responded to a truck fire in the parking lot of Shelton Fireworks. A retirement party was held in his honor on Friday, Jan. 12, at the Community Building in Hawthorne Park.

“The loss of such a dedicated public servant will be felt throughout Porter County,” Chesterton Fire Chief John Jarka told the Chesterton Tribune. “He was well respected for all his years with the Porter Fire Department.”

Jarka noted that two of the CFD’s firefighters got their start in the fire service at age 16 in the Town of Porter, after Craig--who was not at that time the chief--advocated strongly that the town’s minimum-age requirement for cadets be lowered from 18. “Lewis saw their potential, how gung-ho they were to be in the fire service. And they’ve made a career out of it.”

Craig also served for a time as a police officer and the animal warden in Porter, Jarka added.

“Chief Craig will be greatly missed,” Burns Harbor Fire Chief Bill Arney said. “He was an important asset in the fire service and dedicated his life to it. We worked very closely together, as neighboring departments, and I’ll miss the good times we had on calls. He’ll be deeply missed.”

Arrangements are pending at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home.


Posted 1/18/2018





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