Tyler loved to train firefighters

Appleton Fire Department chief dies; leaves a legacy of training others to do their jobs

Fire trucks from multiple jurisdictions lined the streets of Brewton Friday and followed one of their own to Weavers Cemetery in Appleton to pay their respects and to honor Appleton Volunteer Fire Chief Michael Fredrick Tyler, who died Oct. 20 at his residence.

Tyler, 67, retired after 20 years in the Air Force as a technical sergeant, radar specialist and instructor. He used that training for more than 20 years as the Appleton fire chief to help train hundreds of firefighters across the area.

"He was the most dedicated teacher the county has ever had," said Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton....

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