Firchow honored for over 20 years of service
by OJ Stapleton Editor
The Russellville Indepedent School District honored longtime volunteer Don Firchow on Friday night prior to the start of the Clash of the Cats football game.
Firchow has been a volunteer with the district for over 20 years.
Although a native of Kenosha, Wis., the former member of the Big Ten Champion with the University of Wisconsin track team has, in his heart, become a Panther.
Since a few years after retiring from his job in employee relations at Logan Aluminum in 1993, he’s been a devoted reading coach to children at Stevenson Elementary. He’s also used his caring and compassion to serve as a mentor to many students. For several years he’s served on the school district’s Community Education Advisory Council. He’s also volunteered for just about anything anyone in the district has asked him to do.
Through the years Firchow has put his artistic talent as a calligrapher to use in Russellville Independent Schools by painting motivational sayings in the old middle school library, which is now the school district’s technology center, and by painting in RHS locker rooms. In addition, he’s decorated plaques with his wood-burning talent to honor RHS state track champs.
Firchow and his wife, Marion, have together devoted countless hours of their time to our district by supporting our high school athletic teams. They can regularly be found at home sporting events, and they often make the trek to various away match-ups. For years Don has made posters to hold up at RHS athletic contests, and in recent years he’s made a tradition of taking a cool treat, such as watermelon, to the RHS football players at one of their practices.
Don’s personal life is inspiring for all with whom he comes into contact. He’s an Army veteran who served his country as an officer in the 1950s. He and Marion have been married for 57 years and have raised three children, Paul – an RHS graduate who now lives in West Virginia – David, who lives in Illinois, and Evan, who also lives in Illinois. He’s a grandfather of two, a member of the board of Kiwanis, and a member of the Methodist Temple, where he and Marion sing in the choir and he is chairman of the pastor-parish relations committee. Recently, Don successfully waged his second battle with cancer, and came out a strong survivor whose faith and enjoyment of life never wavered. As an 83-year-old competitive bridge player who has played in many states throughout the years, he’s a Life Master, Bronze Master and Silver Master player. His competitive spirit is contagious and hearkens back to his days as a member of the state champion track team at Kenosha Wisconsin’s Mary D. Bradford High School, where he’s in the hall of fame.
Don’s devotion to the Russellville community and its students has long been evident to all who know him here, but his reputation extends beyond Russellville. A few years ago he was honored state-wide for his work helping a student in the district by the Family Resource and Youth Services Coalition of Kentucky, who presented him with the Bridges Over Barriers Award.
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