Benefit set for ill fire chief

ISHPEMING – The Ishpeming Armory will host a benefit Saturday for Ishpeming Township Fire Chief Jerry Hebert.

Hebert – who also works as a supervisor for Marquette County Central Dispatch – has worked as a volunteer firefighter, EMT and member of Marquette County Rescue Unit 131 over his 16-year career.

However, he is on a leave of absence from his dispatch, EMT and fire chief duties while he undergoes surgery and other treatment for asbestosis at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Asbestosis, also known as armored lung, is a condition with no known cure that his doctors said came from repeated exposure to asbestos while fighting fires.

Jerry, who with his wife Tammy have three children – Ryan, Gabby and Jordan – is a family man and an all-around caring, giving person, said Sara Turay, an Ishpeming Township volunteer firefighter.

“He is an outstanding family man, community member, he is a very hard worker, he’s very compassionate, he has a very strong passion for fire(fighting) and EMS and health care and helping people,” she said. “He’s done nothing but help people.”

The benefit is set for 2 to 8 p.m. at the armory. Turay said the organizers are hoping for a good turnout for the benefit, and can still use some help with donations and other assistance.

For more information, contact Turay at 360-1175.

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-486-4401.