After 35 years of service, one of Madawaska Valley’s most prominent firefighters is retiring.

David Afelskie started out as a firefighter with the Sherwood Burns and Jones Department in 1985. He rose through the ranks becoming Deputy Chief and then Fire Chief. When the Madawaska Valley Fire Department was formed, Afelskie became the department’s first fire chief. He remained in that position for 6 years before stepping down to become a fire prevention officer for the last 4 years of his service until retirement.

Madawaska Valley Fire Chief Corwin Quade  said Afelskie was one of the most amazing fire fighters one could meet. The chief called him a trainer, a mentor, a great friend, and thanks Alfeskie for his service.