Parade Grand Marshal
Congratulations Pete VanDenBerge!
2018 Grand Marshal
When we think about who should be Grand Marshal, we think of someone who has improved the community in which they live and work.
Since 1989, Pete has operated his own business, OTEC. This allowed him to service companies and communities throughout Northern Michigan while balancing his business with family and volunteer priorities. Pete and Margaret, have three children and four grandchildren and reside in Elk Rapids.
Pete’s volunteering seems endless and includes helping out the Science Olympiad teams, lending that helping hand at the Acme Christian Food Pantry, being an active member of the Presbyterian Church, a firefighter, working behind the scenes of Harbor Days and countless other volunteer roles that he so graciously has given of himself and seeks no recognition, it is all about giving. He is a man of integrity, cares deeply for his family and about the community he calls home. He is known as the dear friend, mentor to many, great leader, has the ability to overcome obstacles, and makes the other firefighters feel honored to serve with him.
As a firefighter and Chief, Pete has served over 31 years. During this time, Pete has acquired over 17 certifications that have enabled him to handle a variety of situations. He has taught new firefighters in many communities around Northern Michigan and has served the department as Chief for the past 10 years. In recognition for his service, his fellow firefighters have honored him with the Fireman of the Year award in 1994 and again in 2014.
Whether it is in his work with the fire department, mentoring students, junior firefighters, or shoveling neighbors’ sidewalks, Pete has positively impacted the lives of so many within our community. We cannot think of a better person to be our 2018 Grand Marshal. Congratulations Pete and thank you for all you do!