Fallen fire chief remembered on the baseball diamond
COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Friday night friends and family honored the life of fallen Comstock Township Fire Chief Ed Switalski through one of his favorite pastimes.
Little League baseball players played a game in his honor at Eastwood Little League Fields.
For the first time since Switalski was killed in a crash on I-94, a fellow Comstock firefighter spoke about his service. He said Friday's game was about helping people heal.
Switalski's love for baseball lives on through the group of little league kids called the Comstock Fire. They wear their name proud in honor of a man who sponsored them, cheered for them and brought each player inspiration.
"He was my favorite, favorite firefighter," said Charlie Baker, a player.
Friends say each crack of the bat, slide on base and cheer from the crowd would have made Switalski proud.
"He was a big cubbies fan and I was too," said Greyson Wuis, a player,
Shawn Baker has a kid on the Comstock Fire team, Charlie, and was a firefighter alongside Switalski.
"It's hard to see my brothers hurt the way they are hurting. But to see the community come around us the way they have, it's amazing," Baker said.
Friday night was the final round of games at Eastwood Little League Fields, one of Switalski's favorite events.
"Ed came to a lot of the games, talked to the kids a lot, took them all to frosty boy and paid for ice cream one night," Baker said.
Baker calls his fire chief a great leader.
"He was a preacher of highway safety so this makes it hard for everybody not only the loss but the way it happened," Shawn Baker said.
Amid tragedy, people are finding peace out on the diamond.
"We're a family, we hurt but we come together," Shawn Baker said.
Switalski set an example that will never be forgotten