At 11:05 pm, September 1st, 2014, Michael Battise passed away while at the Memorial Heart and Vascular Institute, moving on to his new home. As many of you know, Mike has had a great number of prayers said on his behalf, due to his kidney transplant about 10 years ago, and more recently his double operation for a heart transplant and another kidney transplant. His recent recovery has been a little rocky, due to several minor infections which were taken care of individually with medications.
Michael was a member of Cloverleaf Volunteer Fire Department for twenty-nine years. Michael served in a number of elected positions, including Captain, Assistant Chief, and Chief. A position he served in for eleven years. Under his leadership and tutelage, our Department transitioned very smoothly from an all-Volunteer Fire Department to a Combination Department with Volunteer and Paid Personnel.
His skill concerning administrative situations was extremely beneficial for both the Fire Department and other organizations including the Harris County Fire Fighter’s Association. Michael was elected to serve through the chairs from Fourth Vice President, up to the President’s position and was elected Firefighter of the Year in 2007.
Michael also served on the Board of Managers for the North Channel Emergency Medical Service. In 2000 he resigned from that Board to accept a pro bono position as Director of Operations in an attempt to return the service to a sound financial footing while providing proper emergency service to the citizens. After eighteen months, Michael stepped down while providing the Board with a very capable candidate as a replacement. Michael did all of this along with his full time job and his duties as Chief of the Fire Department. Michael was later elected to one of the seats on the Emergency Services District #6 Board, which contracts with and helps fund the North Channel Emergency Service.
Michael was also very active in the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Channel Industries Mutual Aid Group. In 2005, under his leadership, Cloverleaf Volunteer Fire Department became the first non-industry/non-municipal fire department to be a member of the Channel Industries Mutual Aid Group.
Michael was also a very dedicated family man. He always found time to spend with his wife Carolyn and daughter Michelle along with his extended family.
He will be missed.