Mark has dedicated his entire life to his hometown. He is a third generation fire-fighter, and has been a member of the Beechwood Volunteer Fire Department since 1974. During that time, besides being a fire fighter, he has served as a First Responder for 28 years, and Chief for the past 21 years. He has also worked for the Town of Scott for twenty one years as a road foreman. Whether it is plowing snow, fixing potholes or mowing ditches, he takes great pride in a job well done. Mark approaches both of his roles with pride, dedication and heart. Mark is the person out of town families call to check on their elderly loved ones in the winter to make sure they are okay. In his role of Fire Chief Mark is all hands-on. He is beside his men when there are hoses to be rolled up, trucks to be washed, and generators to be repaired. On a fire scene, he puts the safety of his men foremost. Throughout the years he has put in countless hours maintaining equipment and writing grants to update equipment. He has received a total of three-hundred and fifteen thousand dollars through his grant requests. He also involved his family and community in collecting cans to raise funds for scholarships to send children to Burn Camp through the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety. In the beginning he was able to give $250 and now after five years of his efforts he is able to give $1,000.
For Muench’s heart filled efforts and dedication to the Beechwood Volunteer Fire Department, he is presented with the June 2013 Wisconsin Heroes Award.