Knight In Right Place At Right Time

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, Oct 12, 2021 1:35 AM

Posen heroes in the right place, at the right time to alert people

One never knows when we will be placed in the right place at the right time to possibly save a life or two, or even more. For Jim Haske of Rogers City, it’s crystal clear. 

He was getting off of work Sept. 28 at about 10 p.m. when the building across the street became fully involved in flames. On each side of the building were homes in close proximity. Jim got them all up and out. 

Since the fire, customer after customer, has been hailing the longtime employee of the Blarney Castle, BP gas station and a member of the Knights of Columbus Rogers City Council 1705 as a hero, and deservedly so. 

John Rasmussen and his family were in the south house and know it was much too close.

“I’m glad everyone is safe,” said Rasmussen. The family of five was sound asleep as the building next door was going up in flames. 

“I’m usually in bed at nine or a little earlier,” said Rasmussen, who is the manager of the gas station where he and Jim Haske work. There were four people in the north house.

“Jim got us out at 9:55 p.m.,” said Rasmussen. Patron Wyatt Romel was the last customer of the day and saw the flames coming from the roof.


“They were still awake,” said Haske. “I pounded on their door and Dave Roznowski says, ‘what’s going on.’ I said ‘your garage is on fire, get everyone out now.’ He said, ‘it’s just my woodstove.’ ” After a firsthand glance, he saw it was something much more.

Read the entire article from The Presque Isle County Advance.