Although the five days of honoring the memory of those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the West Michigan Healing Field, is over, opportunities to share in remembering the individuals killed remain. Flags that have not yet been purchased each represent one of the people who died that day. “We don’t want these to just go and be in a closet somewhere,” said organizer Sue Bodenner of the flags and the biographies of the people they represent. The Rockford Lions Club purchased some of the flags, one representing Terrance Aiken, who was 30 years old when he was killed September 11, 2001. Each flag purchased includes a certificate recognizing the sponsorship and a biography of the individual it honors, whether they were a civilian working in the towers that day or a rescue personnel, and what family they left behind. The flags can be purchased at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, Herman’s Boy or United Bank in Rockford.
Deck Andrejczak is currently employed by BASF, where he has worked for seven years as a supplier to manufacturing businesses throughout Western Michigan and the Midwest. In addition to his employment, Andrejczak has a passion for the lakes, outdoor winter sports and personal finances. He is currently a board member of the Diamond Lake Property Owners Association and a current member of the American Association of Snowboard Instructors, Rental Property Owners Association and National Rifle Association. He has a desire to bring new ideas and concepts to those he works with and teaches. He also enjoys learning from those who have had different experiences than his own. Other interests that Andrejczak has include: short-, medium- and long-term goal-setting and planning sessions with his friends, owning and managing rental properties, as well as playing guitar. He and his wife, Elizabeth (Liz), have two children. They purchased a house in Rockford in 2005 where they currently live today. Prior to living in Rockford, he lived in Gaines Township since 2000, where he still has property today. Andrejczak was raised in Newaygo, Mich., where he graduated from Newaygo High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University with additional certificate courses in finance from Cornell. Andrejczak looks forward to the opportunity to serve the 3rd district of Kent County in the role of one of our county commissioners.