Remembering Those We Have Lost

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Kimberly Elick

Kimberly Elick

March 31, 1969 – September 15, 2023

Kim Elick started with Dolan’s Fire in August of 2006 and spent the last 17 years as an integral part of the company’s growth and success. As Operations Manager, Kim performed just about every job at Dolan’s at one time or another – an accomplishment of which she was fiercely proud. In Kim’s unique way she used this as a motivational tool for colleagues – reminding them that she could easily do their jobs (and her own) if the work wasn’t up to par! Kim was afraid of no task and would do whatever was needed to keep Dolan’s running smoothly. She relished having a clean, organized office and warehouse and wasn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves to ensure our facilities were always in order. She also assumed the role of office mom – stocking the fridge with water and Coke, dispensing Advil when necessary, and listening to her co-worker’s problems.

Most of our customers and vendors interacted with Kim at some point or another. At any time, Kim could be found entering a customer order while also calling a vendor to check on the status of a purchase order – her multitasking skills serving her well. Kim was old fashioned – always preferring the personal touch of a phone call over an email. And for those of you who spoke with her on the phone you knew she was always willing to listen and trade a good story or two. In fact, many customers were regular callers at the end of the day when they knew Kim would be available to take their order and have a few laughs.

Kim was a fighter – literally and figuratively – something of which she would also remind her colleagues! But her illness snuck up on her quickly. She beat cancer two times with the third time proving too much for our tough but big-hearted co-worker. We will miss Kim tremendously but consider ourselves lucky to have known her as a great co-worker, and an even greater friend. Rest in Peace, Kim.

Frank Karlovich


April 26, 1951 – February 25, 2023

Frank Karlovich worked as a salesman at Dolan’s Fire from 2015 to 2020. Frank had been a salesman for many years at Wise Tag and Label and then Allan Bailey Tag and Label before joining Dolan’s. Frank’s experience selling tags and labels to fire equipment distributors provided him a deep, nationwide base to market our complimentary product offerings. Frank, known as “The Tag Guy,” could find an existing customer just about anywhere he travelled. At trade shows long-time customers, having never met him in person, would recognize him just by his voice. This familiarity made Frank a valuable member of our sales team and allowed us to get to know Frank’s customers on a more personal level. Although hired as a salesman, Frank would offer to do anything that was needed in the office. Frank loved what he did, often commenting that he would be happy to work for free. This type of attitude and enthusiasm endeared Frank to all of us at Dolan’s. Rest in Peace, Frank.

Paul Andrew Decker

Paul Andrew Decker

June 2, 1973 – February 19, 2022

Paul Decker worked at Dolan’s Fire from 2009 to 2018. Paul was our second full time employee in order fulfillment. Having worked for himself in the construction / carting business, Paul quickly learned the business under the tutelage of his colleague, Ken Barychko. Paul was hard working and nicely rounded out the fulfillment end of our growing business. A huge Eagles and Phillies fan, Paul loved to talk sports and playfully spar with any Giants or Yankee fan willing to listen. Paul left in 2018 to pursue other opportunities, but stayed in touch with the staff over the years, having built lasting friendships while at Dolan’s. Rest in Peace, Paul.



January 30, 1954 – February 10, 2020

Ken Barychko was the first full time employee at Dolan’s Fire. Ken worked for the company from 2005 to 2018 in order fulfillment. Ken had worked for the US Postal Service in bulk distribution and brought many of the skills he had learned over the years to our fledgling supply business. Ken helped set up our first commercial warehouse and took pride in the early strides we made in building out our product line and stocking our shelves. Ken was a McGiver of sorts – always figuring out a way to fix something or a better way to do something. Ken’s box packing abilities were second-to-none, and he loved to educate new employees on the art of a properly packed box. His teaching instructions were nuanced. When taping a box you might have heard him say “… The tape – it likes to be rubbed.” Ken was one of a kind and a significant part of our story. Practices put in place under Ken’s direction 20 years ago are still used today and his name comes up frequently with an employee occasionally being overheard to say – “I don’t know – is that how Ken would have done it?” At the end of the day, Ken was right – “the tape likes to be rubbed.” Rest in Peace, Ken.


Gerard Straut

August 22, 1940 – June 9, 2017

Gerry Straut was our first full time salesman at Dolan’s Fire. Gerry worked for the company from 2006 to 2017. Prior to joining Dolan’s, Gerry spent his career with Walter Kidde Company and then Badger Fire Protection selling fire extinguishers and pre-engineered systems to fire equipment distributors. Gerry was a natural fit for Dolan’s – building on his existing relationships with long time customers and helping us expand. Gerry was integral to our early growth.

Gerry was a salesman’s salesman, learning his trade when a sale was often secured during a card game under a cloud of smoke and the sale inked with a handshake. While Zoom and email may have replaced the card game and the handshake, Gerry’s salesmanship is still copied today. In fact, we have manufacturer sales representatives call on us today who tell us they learned by watching Gerry in action. Gerry lived by his word and his commitment to his customer – a foundation that served him well. Gerry was a legend in the business and is sorely missed. Rest in Peace, Gerry.


  1. Sherri & Rob Walters, Atomic Extinguisher Service September 18, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    We are sorry for your loss. Our heartfelt condolences to Kim’s family, friends, and coworkers. Rob and I enjoyed many conversations in the later hours of the day with Kim. She always knew exactly what we needed and how to get it for us. She will surely be missed.

  2. Alan Kellejian September 18, 2023 at 9:59 am

    Sorry to hear of Kim’s passing. She was a great communicator.

  3. Amy Manon September 18, 2023 at 9:05 am

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Her presence, laughter and warmth will surely be missed. Kim always brightened my day. I will miss talking to her. May she finally be at peace after such a long battle.

  4. Rich Melo September 18, 2023 at 8:59 am

    I’m sorry to hear of the loss of this kind soul.
    Kim was such a pleasure to work with. She was a straight shooter and I appreciate that about her.
    My prayers go out to the Dolans fire team. I wish you all well.

  5. Tonda Jordan - Globe Technologies Corp. September 18, 2023 at 8:35 am

    Sorry to hear of Kim’s passing and for your loss. My heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and coworkers. Kim was always a pleasure to work with over the years, I enjoyed our many conversations, she will be missed. May she RIP. Thoughts and prayers.

  6. Sheila Harris September 18, 2023 at 8:33 am

    My condolences to all who knew & loved her.

  7. Navigator Business Solutions team September 18, 2023 at 7:10 am

    We are sorry for your loss. Kimberly was that pillar to your work family. The one that always did their job. The one that always shared a laugh and made people feel like family away from home. People like that are permanent in our hearts. One day we will be reunited with them once this mortal time is accomplished.

  8. Alfredo Monge September 18, 2023 at 7:09 am

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to Kim’s family, friends, and all the members of the Doland’s Fire team. Working with her over the phone was truly a pleasure. May she rest in peace

  9. Michael Suarez, Fire Command Co. Inc. September 18, 2023 at 7:01 am

    My condolences to her family and her fellow employees. It was always fun to talk to her on the phone. I will miss talking to her. I know she’s having fun with Gerry. My prayers to everyone. RIP

  10. Rocco Fuschetto September 18, 2023 at 6:55 am

    Our deepest condolences with the Elick Family. Kim was a pleasure to speak to all the time she will be geatly missed. Rest in peace my friend

  11. Donna September 18, 2023 at 6:49 am

    Kayla and I both have had the pleasure of talking with Kim on the phone over the years. She was always pleasant and helpful. The Dolan’s company and her family have our sympathy as you remember your co-worker, friend and family member.

    JAWCo Fire, Inc
    Office Staff

  12. Michael Gagnier September 18, 2023 at 6:22 am

    Kim was a pleasure to do business with… our deepest condolences to your family Kim and team Dolens

  13. Cassandra Garcia, Office Manager September 18, 2023 at 6:17 am

    We, at Massachusetts Fire Technologies, Inc., are saddened to hear of Kim’s passing. She was always a great help with any order issue
    we may have had. She was very pleasant to speak with on the phone and was quite knowledgeable whenever we had any issues.

    Our thoughts go out to her family and friends during this time of grief.

  14. Rich kump , Village Fire September 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm

    My deepest condolences to the Elick family and Dolan family . Kim was always a pleasure to talk with either on the phone or in person . You will be truly missed .

  15. Bob Alexander, City Fire and Safety September 17, 2023 at 5:56 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of Kim’s passing. I always enjoyed talking to her on the phone. Prayers.

  16. Calvin Jones September 17, 2023 at 5:29 pm

    Condolences to Kim’s family , friends and colleagues .🙏🏾🙏🏾. I interacted with Kim by phone a few times and she always handled business. Like ah Boss!!!

  17. David Maretsky September 17, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Kim was dedicated to the task at hand at a level that is rarely seen, and was also there to share a story and a few laughs, scratch that….a lot of laughs.
    She will be sorely missed, our condolences to her family and to Dolans for their loss. Rest in Peace my friend.

  18. Jenn Richardson September 17, 2023 at 1:23 am

    Very sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers

  19. Kevin Stokley September 16, 2023 at 10:12 pm

    My condolences to Kim’s family & everyone at Dolan’s. She was always a pleasure to talk to on the the phone and always went out of her for me.
    Rest in Peace and I will live everyday knowing there’s a Angel watching over us

  20. Will Mac September 16, 2023 at 9:36 pm

    Godspeed sister. From the entire MacDonald family and crew at RIP. Prayers to your family and friends.

  21. Paul friedlander September 16, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    Frank and Kim two of the best I know
    Knew frank for 30 plus years and kim for the past 8 gods speed to all

    Paul friedlander. Blues fire wheaton md

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