Madison Fire Department
“He is a rare find who has a matchless record in regards to the amount of passion, dedication, heart and hours that he has put into providing good will amongst children, families, and firefighters.” This quote from Madison Firefighter’s Local 311 is a summation of a very lengthy yet much abbreviated letter describing Richard “Lindy” Lindauer of the Madison Fire Department. “His four decades of commitment have spanned three generations of families. He has had a half a mission children and adult lap sitters reveal their Christmas wishes to him. He has made annual appearances at community centers, low-income neighborhoods, tree lightings, and has visited countless thousands of hospitalized children, many that would be experiencing their last Christmas.” “To those of us that have been on “Santa’s Hospital Visits,” we can tell you that it is an awakening for all involved. The love, caring and sincerity that “Santa” bestows on each individual child and their families evokes emotions throughout the hospital and inspires everyone in attendance. No one can energize a room quite like Lindy does.” These quotes and many more like it come from a few of the countless individuals whom Lindy’s efforts have touched, both those that he has given his helping had to and to those whom he has guided and taught to help others.
During his 35 years of service with the Madison Fire Department, Lindy served every day of his career with the same passion and enthusiasm that he displayed while being Santa. From public fire education, to developing senior citizen safety programs, to teaching young drivers how to respond when encountering emergency vehicles and being part of a nationally recognized cold water rescue and resuscitation team, Lindy has taken “community service” to a degree far beyond what anyone would ever expect from any individual.