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    Leuze-en-Hainaut: deceased leaves 1.2 million to firefighters

    In his will, a man in Leuze leaves a sum of € 1.2 million to Leuze-en-Hainaut firefighters as reported by Sudpresse in its digital edition, Sudinfo + vendredi. As the deceased had wished, a non-profit organization was formed and the by-laws were filed at the Registry of the Commercial Court of Tournai, on June 17th, and published in the Belgian Official Gazette on June 26th. Its purpose is to provide training, development and retraining to members of the Leuze fire station. The  fire chief was notified of the donation by a phone call from a notary. In the columns of Sudinfo +, he spoke of the donation as “a total surprise.”

    The donor, Raymond Michiels died in October 2013. In his will, he expressed a wish to leave 50 million old Belgian francs for the creation of a training association for the Leuze-en-Hainaut firefighters, unaware that the fire department would be included in the West Hainaut fire area through a restructuration. He also bequeathed a property and a car.

    The fire chief has honored deceased’s wishes by creating the “The Raymond Michiels Training Center “as a non-profit organization. It is chaired by the fire chief and four members, says Sudinfo +. Its head office is located in the fire station and its purpose is to provide training, development and retraining to members of the Leuze-en-Hainaut fire station in compliance with federal regulations.

    Jonathan Morrison (Source: Belga)