Congratulations to Lieutenant Matthew Schmidt for being chosen The William Grove firefighter of the year for 2024
By Cheshire Fire Department
June 27, 2024

The award is given out by The Cheshire Rotary. This is the 48th year of the award. The Grove Award is the Cheshire Fire Department’s most traditional award and is in honor of William “Willie” Grove II, the only Cheshire Firefighter who gave his life in the line of duty. Willie was an active member of the Department and the Grove family was a significant presence in the Cheshire Fire Department.
Willie was known for his dedication, integrity, being a good firefighter, a friend at the fire house or if you needed a hand at home.
The first recipient, deceased Life Member Bill Dunn, received the Grove award in 1976 and the Rotary Club in partnership with the Cheshire Fire Department have since maintained this long-standing relationship because of the traditional and sentimental value that is associated with the award.