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Hayman services set

Hayman services set
Posted on 10/15/2017
Funeral for will be Wednesday for fire marshal who died suddenly last weekThe City of Davenport and the Davenport Fire Department are mourning the death of Fire Marshal/Assistant Chief Michael Hayman, 62, who died unexpectedly Thursday.

Visitation for Chief Hayman will be at Halligan-McCabe-Devries Funeral Home, 614 N. Main Street Tuesday from 3-8 PM and the funeral/Mass will be Wednesday at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 417 Main St. Committal service will follow the funeral at Mt Calvary Cemetery.

A 33-year veteran of the department, Mike moved up through the ranks after starting with the department in 1984, promoted to captain and fire marshal in 1998 and then to assistant chief of fire prevention in 2001.

During his tenure in the Fire Prevention/Education Bureau, Mike was instrumental in the development of numerous fire safety public education programs, public awareness campaigns and community service projects.

Mike’s passion for fire safety and good-natured personality made him familiar and, more importantly, a friend to many throughout the Quad-Cities. He was Davenport Jaycees Outstanding Young Firefighter in 1994 and received the Life Member Award from the Iowa Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators in 2013.

“I have enjoyed being Mike’s friend for 33 years. We came up through the ranks together and for the past 17 years we have shared the challenges and joys of being part of the Davenport Fire Department’s staff. He was a great firefighter and even better person,” Interim Fire Chief Jim Bickford said. “Mike’s death is a huge loss to me, the department, and the community. His knowledge, calm demeanor, confidence, and sense of humor will be deeply missed. Our hearts at Davenport Fire go out to Debbie, Trevin, and the rest of Mike’s family and please know we share their sadness.”

Mike was a loving husband to his wife Debbie. He was extremely proud of their son Trevin and always welcomed the opportunity to share stories of Trevin’s most recent accomplishments.

“Mike Hayman was the epitome of calm compassion, unwavering commitment, and professionalism. He demonstrated how to be a good friend, father, and an active proponent for the safety of our community,” Mayor Frank Klipsch said. “He will be missed by so many for so many reasons. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his fellow firefighters, and all of us in the community who knew and loved him.”

 In 1994, the St. Ambrose University graduate was named Jaycees Outstanding Young Firefighter. At that point in his career Mike showed his drive and determination, being certified as an EMT, rescue diver, fire and arson investigator.

In nominating Mike, Chief Tom Ryan noted that he gained his EMT certification all on his own time. “Mike Hayman exemplifies the very best employee qualities and involvement,” Chief Ryan wrote at the time. “He accomplishes all this while maintaining an excellent family environment, and a super father to his son.”

 Mike’s fire investigation experience was vast, starting with the Iowa State Fire/Arson School in 1992 and included the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 1996 and the National Fire Academy in 2001, among a host of other training opportunities.
In receiving the Iowa Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Life Member Award in 2013, Mike was recognized for his commitment to bringing arson investigation training to eastern Iowa and supporting the IAAI. The chapter noted that Davenport had one of the highest arson conviction rates in Iowa and had developed a great working relationship with the Scott County Attorney’s Office.

Mike is survived by his wife, Deborah, son, Dr. Trevin Michael Hayman (Jenni Mancuso), father, John (Myrna) Hayman, siblings Colleen (Michael) Adrian, Mark (Kathy) Hayman, Gregory (Elizabeth) Hayman, and Angela (Michael) Smith, and an extended family including his City of Davenport Fire Department family.