by Terry Rogers
On Saturday, September 14, as part of the Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival, Mayor Archie Campbell presented the MilfordLIVE Hometown Hero awards to two members of the Carlisle Fire Company. Duane Fox and Dorian Klaus were recognized for their long service to the fire company.
“These are people who have spent their lives protecting us,” Mayor Campbell said. “We owe them and all our first responders a debt of gratitude. It is my pleasure to give these awards to two deserving members of our community.”
Fox, a lifetime member, has served as Chief of the Carlisle Fire Company as well as Assistant Chief. He currently serves as the company’s Chief Engineer. He has also served on a wide range of committees, including By-Laws, Truck, Investigation and Employee Committees. Duane is a second-generation CFC fireman, following in the footsteps of his late father, Duane Sr. His mother, Connie, is the last surviving Charter Member of the CFC Ladies Auxiliary as well.
Duane is married to his wife, Sandy, and has three sons, all of them either serving now or having served in the past as third generation firefighters. He is employed by the Office of the State Fire Marshall as Kent/Sussex Counties Supervisor for Plan Review.
Campbell explained that Klaus lists a lot of firsts in her service to the community. She was the first female to complete the Carlisle Fire Company Junior Membership Program, the first female engineer, first female Chief Engineer for both Carlisle Fire Company and the State of Delaware. Klaus has served in several offices throughout her career with Carlisle Fire Company, including Ambulance Lieutenant, Company Secretary and Chief Engineer. She is also certified as an ambulance attendant. Klaus has served on many committees including acting as Chairman of the Truck Committee and was recognized as Firefighter of the Year.
Klaus is a teacher in Lake Forest School District, has four children and several grandchildren.
The MilfordLIVE Hometown Hero Award was created to recognize the selfless people in Milford that make the community great by doing wonderful things. Nominees are submitted by local residents as those who quietly make an impact on Milford and the surrounding area. The award, given to a male and female recipient, is presented each year at the Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival.