The passing of
retired Porter Fire Chief Lewis Craig Sr. was on everyone’s mind at the
Porter Town Council meeting Tuesday night.
Deputy Fire Chief
Jay Craig spoke about the outpouring of support which he, his family, and
the Porter FD have received since his father’s passing. “I wish I was able
to thank every individual person that supported us in the last few days, but
the list would be too long.” He extended gratitude to town employees,
especially council member and liaison to the Fire Department Greg Stinson.
“He made sure we didn’t go without anything.”
Those in attendance
held back tears as Stinson took a moment at the end of the meeting to
highlight the importance of Craig’s 45 years of service to the Porter FD.
“He was a great man--a great servant to the Town. He will never be replaced.
He will never be forgotten. His legacy will live on.”
Stinson noted that
members of fire departments in neighboring communities showed up to wash and
polish the emergency response vehicles that escorted Craig on his final
call. Porter residents also took to their kitchens to supply desserts for
the reception that followed Craig’s funeral. Stinson said he was shocked
just to see what had been put out for guests, and shocked again when he
found out the kitchen was still full of donated baked goods. “It was
remarkable and makes me proud to represent this community.”
In other business,
the council approved on second reading an ordinance giving Porter residents
first rights to buy beach permits. The permits will be available only to
Porter residents for the first two days they are sold, March 12 and 13. The
permits are available to non-residents on a first-come, first-serve basis
starting March 14.
Duneland Flyers baseball players requested permission to practice at
Hawthorne Park. The players were Cole Snyder, Nick Kallen, Eli Garcia, and
Dane Snemis. The boys said they would be grateful for the opportunity to use
the park and promised to always leave it looking better than they found it.
The council granted approval.
volunteer coach for the Flyers, said the 13 and under Flyers had previously
been practicing on the softball fields at Dogwood Park in Chesterton. He
also noted that there will be a spaghetti dinner and silent auction
fundraiser for the Flyers in the Chesterton High School cafeteria, from 3 to
7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Admission is $10.