Big Mike


Chief Michael Auth joined the Dormont Fire Department in 1983 and was elected chief in 1994. That same year, borough council appointed him as fire commissioner. He was also vice president of the Dormont Volunteer Fireman’s Association.  Dormont Mayor Tom Lloyd Sr. said Mr. Auth’s responsibilities included development of a disaster management program.

Chief Auth was dedicated to teaching children about fire safety and helped establish a public safety day in Dormont each year during National Fire Prevention Week in October.

“He’s the one that really got it started and made it big,” Lloyd said. “He’s well thought of and very dedicated to the fire department.”

Tom Lloyd Jr., president of the department’s fireman’s association, said Chief Auth worked to make improvements in both equipment and the firehall. A Sutphen rescue and pumper truck delivered in 2002 was dedicated as “Big Mike.”

Chief Auth passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, February 25, 2002.  Chief Auth was the the son of Edward Auth of Penn Hills and the late Mary Norma Auth, graduated from Penn Hills High School. He moved his family to Dormont in 1981. Mr. Auth was employed in management with the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

In addition to his father, Mr. Auth is survived by his wife, Deborah Auth; three daughters, Erin and Katie Auth, both of Dormont, and Jill Vogel of Castle Shannon; a granddaughter, Mikaela Vogel of Castle Shannon; a brother, William Auth of Plum; and three sisters, Lynn Mendt of North Huntingdon, Beverly Sites of Wilmerding and Lesley Fischer of Canonsburg.




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Dated March 6, 2002


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