LYON TOWNSHIP (WWJ) – A beloved retired metro Detroit fire chief found himself without a home following a devastating fire over the weekend. Now, the community he served for decades is lending a helping hand.

For more than 40 years — 30 as chief — Les Cash of Lyon Township would answer in the middle of the night to put out fires.

All as a volunteer.

Les Cash (handout photo)

Les Cash (handout photo)

“He’s just a great guy. He was always on every call; just did a lot for the community,” said New Hudson Ron Lopez, who worked with Cash.

Lopez and his wife are working to raise money to honor and support the 70-year-old retired chief, who is now in hospice care.

“After hearing that his house caught on fire on Saturday … We just felt compelled to do a fundraiser for him, because he shouldn’t have anything else on his plate to deal with,” Lopez said.

“He was just a very happy, willing to help anybody in need kinda guy — the perfect guy for a fire chief,” said Lopez. “And for him to be in this situation, I think it would be best for the community to show their support and love for him, like he always did for Lyon Township.”

Leo’s Coney Island New Hudson has offered 10 percent of sales on Thursday from 4 – 9 p.m.. In addition, donations can be mailed to P.O. BOX 363 New Hudson MI 48165.

Get more information here.


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