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Fallen Hartland Firefighter To Be Honored at National Memorial Service in Maryland 

A fallen firefighter from Hartland will be honored this weekend at a national memorial service in Maryland.As Meghan Hayward tells us, family and friends of Michael Snowman couldn’t be prouder.”Michael loved life. He did everything big. He liked to be the center of attention. He’d like to make everyone happy. He’d always want everyone having fun.”Michael Snowman served on the Hartland Fire Department for twenty-five years.Snowman was helping crews at a house fire in Detroit last November, when he had an apparent heart attack.Now, he’s being honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Service, which is held on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Maryland.Something his wife Laureen says he would be pleased with.”I know he’s looking down from heaven saying yeah this is cool.”Laureen says the fire department meant everything to Michael.”Oh I think he lived and breathed here. He was a busy mean. He put a lot of time into the church, but this was his second home.”Snowman was well-liked among his fellow firefighters.Hartland Fire Chief Donald Neal says he was quite a comedian, always showing up to their annual hunter’s breakfast with a silly hat on.”One goofier than the one before. Just cracked you up seeing him so happy and go-lucky.”But the most important thing Neal says he brought to the fire department.”He showed us respect and friendship.”All of his fellow firefighters are happy he’s being honored at the ceremony.”I think it’s a great tribute to him and his family for being honored that much.”Laureen says the ceremony means a lot to their family too.”I think for my family it helps us know that his sacrifice was important to people and it also encourages us that all the time my husband put into the fire department is being rewarded.”