I’ve known Bob Jordan for a little over 15 years now, he is an exceptional human being who has dedicated his life to serving his community.

Keeping with the “new chapter” theme, I was able to sit down with the long-time Exeter Fire Chief, who has recently retired after 24 years as chief and 47 years of service overall as a fire fighter in both the City of Reading and Exeter Township.  During this episode, Bob recalls some of his fondest memories.  He talks about how he got started as a fire fighter, the importance of his family and how he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Brenda and their seven grand-children.

Bob also talks about how he learned to be a good leader and communicator from his own father as well as how proud he is to have his son Chris follow in his foot steps as a fire fighter.  Even with the many sacrifices that he had to make during his career, Bob recognized that family always came first.  His wife was the glue that kept the family together and made sure that Bob got to as many of his children’s sporting events and activities that he could.

You can hear the pride in his voice as he talks about all four of his kids, Chris, Peter, Jen and Jessica.

Bob was excited to hear of the new journey that my wife and I will be taking in an RV shortly as well.  When his kids were younger, he, Brenda and some friends would set out across the country in an RV for a few weeks with no particular place to go.  He said that they were some of the best times of his life and maybe he and Brenda will do it again now they’re both heading into retirement.

My wife and I hope to bump into them at a campground somewhere in this great country one day.

Cheers to the Chief!