By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor
After 32 years and seven months of service on the Monona Volunteer Fire Department, Daryl Schlein retired this year.
Of that time, 13 years were spent as chief, a role he relinquished a year and a half ago.
“It was nice to get to be a firefighter again for that time,” said Schlein, a Monona native who was encouraged to join the department by friends.
The biggest thing about being involved with the fire department, he said, is that one is always learning.
“You learn more and more over the years,” he noted. “Now, there’s more training and commitment. You need 24 hours of training each year.”