It is with both a mixture of pride and sadness that the Norwood Park Fire Protection District announces the retirement of Commander Charles “Chuck” Stec!

For over 28 years, Chuck has been an active firefighter with both his department and the community. Hired in 1983, he earned an Award of Valor just ten years later for his part in the Bella Pasta fire, in which two firefighters suffered injuries. Active in fundraisers both local and statewide for fire related causes, he was promoted to Lieutenant in 1999, taking charge of both the department’s maintenance and later the website for the Fire District.

Chuck was appointed Shift Commander in the new millennium, and distinguished himself in his service to the new firefighters as well as the officer’s he helped to mentor.

Congratulations on this new chapter in life, we’ll keep a hot cup of coffee waiting

for you in the kitchen!