The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce selected Chief Michael Kytta, of Riverside Fire Authority as the Grand Marshall of the 72nd Santa parade to be held in Chehalis December 3rd, 2022.
“It is definitely an honor,” says Chief Kytta who plans to share the experience with his 11-year-old grandson and wife Diane. “I am grateful for the chance to represent the Riverside Fire Authority. It’s humbling to be selected out of so many individuals worthy of the honor and a privilege to be part of such a joyous occasion and community-wide event.”
Kytta will be retiring at the end of 2023 with a combined 28 years as Fire Chief/ Asst. Fire Chief and 48 years volunteering or working for Riverside Fire Authority/ Lewis County Fire District #12. He has served his community in several different capacities over the last 50 years and has influenced many aspects of the emergency service systems that exist in Lewis County today.
While 2023 will be his last year as Fire Chief for the RFA, he doesn’t plan to stop serving. A big proponent of volunteerism, he has helped maintain a thriving core of volunteer firefighters for the RFA and plans to continue giving back to his community and supporting this program in retirement.
Look for the Centralia 1939 Seagrave Firetruck at the head of the parade and wave to our Grand Marshal, Chief Michael Kytta, who has been working for your safety since 1975.