BRUNSWICK HILLS, Ohio — A beloved and influential firefighter who was one of the founding members of the Brunswick Hills Fire Department passed away at the age of 94.
Fred Hoffman, the Assistant Fire Chief Emeritus, was considered a mentor and friend to the people whose lives he touched.
“We lost an irreplaceable part of our history,” said Christina Kuznerak, Township Trustee and Fire Liaison, who also described Hoffman as “a cornerstone of the Brunswick Hills Township community.”
According to a media release from Brunswick Hills Fire Department, Hoffman started his firefighting career in 1940 in Brunswick Twp.
When the township split into Brunswick Hills Twp. and the Village of Brunswick, Hoffman went on to become one of the founding members of the Brunswick Hills Fire Department.
From there he logged many notable achievements, was appointed interim Fire Chief and eventually Assistant Fire Chief Emeritus.
In 1958, Hoffman helped to develop the BHFD rescue squad, which was the first in Medina County.
In 1972, he played a vital role in putting on and training the first female Brunswick Hills firefighter.
Hoffman also trained five Medina and Cuyahoga County Fire Chiefs.
“I told him once that with all of your knowledge and years of service, you should be chief,” said current Brunswick Hills Fire Chief Frank Cseh.
He said Hoffman replied, “No, you’re the chief and the best one I’ve served under.”
Cseh described Hoffman as a humble man and said the exchange was one of the proudest moments of his life.
Hoffman won the Medina County Civil Servant Award in 1980, worked his last active fire in 1990 and responded to fire calls beyond that.
He continued to attend all training meetings well into his 90s.
(Information courtesy of the Brunswick Hills Fire Department.)