Friday, November 4, 2011

On Duty with Butch, Fire Chief

On Duty are posts in which we highlight employees of TheFireStore who are not only committed to serving our customers throughout the workday, but also spend their free time serving in the industry they love. 

What is your job at TheFireStore and what does it entail?

 I am the Sr. Sales Support Associate, for 2 of our Sale Associate's; Jay Abel and Mike "O". I also help and assist Kevin Greenlee our South Jersey Sales Associate, with New Jersey customers that call into the call center or fax in orders.

In what line of service are you and for how long have you been serving? 

I am a Life time Member of the Concordville Fire & P.A. and the Bethel Twp Hose Company; both are in Delaware County, Pa.

What do you love most about being a Firefighter?

I have been a Chief Officer for Concordville since the 1970's up to and including 2008, that’s 4 decades, as Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, and Asst Chief, something I'm very proud of. I am a 3rd generation VFF, and my children are the 4th generation of family fire fighters/EMT.

It was the thing to do when I was old enough to become a member. It was a way of giving back to the community, helping someone in their time of need, and in my case it was keeping up the family tradition.

Do you enjoy working in the fire service in both your professional and personal life? Why?

Yes I do/did, because you build a brotherhood/sisterhood with the people you see everyday and meet, it's almost like a second family. You learn to come to respect them and know they have your back and that they will be there for you.

How have you felt your experience has helped you better aid our customers? Any specific examples?

I have forged some great friendships over the years with different fire chiefs and members of their fire companies. I'd like to think I have a following of friends/fire companies that I bring to the table, as customers, either as new or better customers than we had in the past. 

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