For 41 years, Mike Andrews put his heart into the Clyde Fire Department.
Andrews, who worked his way through the ranks before donning the chief's hat for the past eight years, died Sunday after a brief illness at age 62.
He is credited with bringing the department into the 21st century with equipment updates.
"He was a fair and honest man, but he ruled with an iron fist," said his eldest son, Jim Andrews of Green Springs.
Jim Andrews said his father loved serving the community and always put his duties as a firefighter first, even if that meant having to leave family holiday celebrations.
"He was very dedicated to the fire department," said Jim, who volunteers for the Green Springs Township Fire Department.
"He had a very large network of friends over the years," he said. "He was so willing to give and help others."
The community of Clyde will essentially shut down starting at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday as city streets close for a funeral procession from Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 S. Main St., to Mary's Catholic Church, 609 Vine St., in honor of the chief.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., followed by burial at St. Mary's Cemetery.
"Hopefully we'll be able to give Mike a good send-off. That's what he deserves," said Clyde police Chief Bruce Gower.
Calling hours for Mike Andrews will be 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home.
Clyde Mayor Scott Black said the fire chief would be dearly missed by the community.
"Mike Andrews was an excellent fire chief and a good person," Black said. "There wasn't anything Mike wouldn't do for the city of Clyde."
Black said he bowled in a local league with the chief, who fancied himself a world-class bowler. While Black said with a smile he wasn't sure about that, he said Mike Andrews was certainly a legendary fireman.
He said the city would have to meet with representatives from the fire department to see if special recognition of the chief will be included in the recently completed city fireman's memorial, one of Mike Anderson's pet projects in recent months.
Memorials should be made to the Natalie Andrews Scholarship Fund in care of Croghan Colonial Bank. Donations will be used toward the college education of the chief's 13-year-old daughter, Natalie.