Jan 252012

Photo by Naomi Hatch —

Members of the Snowflake Fire Department carry the coffin of Keith “Kip” Pundt to the department’s 1948 fire engine, on which he made his last ride down Main Street to the cemetery.

By Naomi Hatch —

The late Keith Irving “Kip” Pundt was honored by the Snowflake Fire Department following his funeral service on Jan. 16. He passed away on Jan. 10 in Phoenix.

Fire Chief Pat Hancock, who is Pundt’s cousin, said that Pundt joined the Snowflake Volunteer Fire De-partment in 1983, and was certified both as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and one of Snow-flake’s first state certified firefighters that same year. He also boasted that his cousin knew more jokes than anyone.

Pundt was instrumental in ordering the first firefighter uniforms and some of those were worn by fire-fighters at the service in his honor.

He started the department’s first record keeping and set up the pension plan that is still being used, al-though Chief Hancock noted that it has been updated. He was the second assistant chief and taught CPR.

Pundt took the department’s 1948 fire engine to many fires, so Chief Hancock felt it was fitting that he take his last ride on that engine. Firefighter Jenny Hancock escorted him.