EAGLE RIVER - People all across the world know Eagle River for its snowmobile races. But a tiny company there also helps people around the globe take flight.
Eagle Fuel Cells employs just 15 people. They're best known for making and repairing fuel cells for corporate airplanes and race cars.
"A fuel cell is a rubber bladder. It was originally designed for the military and their trainer aircraft and then quickly transitioned into the bombers and fighters with the self sealing material that they used," says Kurt Hartwig, General Manager and Co-Owner.
That work won the company the Wisconsin Aviation Business of the Year Award. It rewards excellence in customer service and products. Even with their new success, Eagle Fuel Cells doesn't plan on moving any time soon.
"We originally were a regional type company but over the years, we've expanded to international. Today we reach across the whole globe," says Kurt Hartwig.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change. "I realized I had enough this is a young man's job," said Drury. Friday afternoon Drury said goodbye to a room of men who merged and became family. "Not having that is a little scary I know they'll always be our family but it's hard to leave," said Cassi. Cassi watched her dad rush off to help his community since the day she was born. "It's scary because you hear about the times things don't go right or the times fire fighters don't come home," said Cassi.
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