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Funeral Held for Saratoga Springs Fire Chief

Funeral Held for Saratoga Springs Fire Chief


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Sam Penrod Reporting The fire chief in Saratoga Springs was laid to rest today. Michael Penovich died last Thursday, when his fire department pickup truck crashed into Deer Creek Reservoir.

It was an impressive sight, with a huge outpouring of support for the chief, his family and his firefighters, from the entire firefighting community. With a police escort, a Saratoga Springs fire truck carrying the casket of Michael Penovich traveled from American Fork, where his funeral was held, to the Lehi Cemetery.

He was remembered as a big man with a big heart, who treated his firefighters like his family, so his family of firefighters turned out to honor him. There were firefighters and fire trucks from all over Utah County, the state of Utah and even neighboring states.

The procession of more than 60 fire trucks then lined the Lehi Cemetery, where Chief Penovich was given a final salute over the fire airwaves.

Funeral Held for Saratoga Springs Fire Chief

Chief Penovich, who was 38 years old, is survived by his wife and two children. He served as the full-time fire chief in Saratoga Springs for more than a year and had also been the chief in Cedar Fort.

Those at the funeral today say it was a fitting tribute to a man who cared about his job and his community.

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