Volunteer Profile

Meet Leonard Wahl
By: 

Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent


Photo by Carol Wagner Leonard Wahl is the fire chief for the Green Valley/Morgan Fire Department.

Leonard Wahl is the fire chief for the Green Valley/Morgan Fire Department.

Wahl was born in the town of Morgan, graduating from Oconto Falls High School. Wahl drove a milk truck for four years and then was a supervisor and bus mechanic for the Oconto Falls School District. He owned a campground and now has his own business, Wahl Trucking. His wife of 40 years, Cindy, owns Morgan Excavating and also works for the Oconto Falls School District. They have a daughter and a grandson.

Q How long have you been with the Green Valley/Morgan Fire Department?

A “Since 1988. I started because I had the intention of serving people and helping out with situations that arise. I was the assistant fire chief in the mid ’90s and I’ve been the fire chief since 2011.”

Q How big is the area you cover?

A “We cover around 2,000 people. We have about 25 active firefighters. We have a lot of family connections. My daughter and son-in-law are firefighters. It’s more of a family, close-knit department. When I respond to the scene I assess the situation and put together a plan.”

Q How busy are you?

A “We average around 25 calls a year. This year, we are above average. We go to mostly structure or brush fires. We assist the Gillett Ambulance and Oconto Falls Ambulance. We help the neighboring fire departments — Pulaski, Oconto Falls, Gillett, Abrams, Cecil, and Bonduel. There’s no billing between departments. It’s so hard to get personnel so we expanded our volunteer area. During the day, we’re lucky to pull five members if we get a call.”

Q How many vehicles do you have?

A “The main station is Green Valley. One is being built in Pulcifer, and there’s one in Morgan. There are four trucks in Green Valley, one in Morgan, and one in Pulcifer. We’re privately owned and incorporated. The board members have to be firefighters with five from Morgan and five from Green Valley. We budget and decide what to do. We know what the needs are.”

Q Where else do you volunteer?

A “I’m the supervisor for the town board of Morgan. We’re building a new town hall.”

Q Why do you do it?

A “I like it. It gets to be a challenge. It’s talking and being with people to address their needs.”

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Green Valley-Morgan Fire Company Annual Picnic and People’s Choice Car Show

WHERE: N5746 Oak Ave., Green Valley

WHEN: Saturday, starts at noon

ADMISSION: Free

FYI: Judging begins at 4:30 p.m. Music, food, beverages, door prizes, kids activities, gun raffle.