Gallagher Recognizes Sturgeon Bay Fire Department for Heroic Efforts
February 12, 2021
STURGEON BAY, WI — Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08) today visited with members of the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department to thank them for their work in putting out the fire on board the M/V Roger Blough on February 1, 2021. During the visit, he presented them with a copy of an entry he made in the Congressional Record -- the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress -- to commemorate their heroic efforts that day.
A PDF of the entry he made in the Congressional Record can be found HERE, and the full text is below:
"Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the heroic efforts of the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department. In the early hours of February 1st, a bulk carrier ship holding fuel and docked for the winter, the M/V Roger Blough, caught fire. Over 100 Sturgeon Bay firefighters battled the blaze for hours, using 1.4 million gallons of water to extinguish the fire. Their bravery and skill ultimately lead to no deaths, no injuries, no fuel discharged, and minimal damage to the ship. These brave men and women deserve our thanks and gratitude, and have served Northeast Wisconsin exceptionally well.
"Madam Speaker, I urge all members of this body to join me in applauding the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department for their service and bravery on February 1st. Thank you, Madam Speaker. I yield back."
Following the visit, the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department also provided Rep. Gallagher with a tour of the M/V Roger Blough to assess the damage.
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Last week, the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department battled a fire on the M/V Roger Blough, a freighter ship docked at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. USCG personnel assisted the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department in containing the fire and limiting damage.
Thanks to their efforts, no one was injured, damage to the ship was minimal, and none of the fuel was discharged into the water.