Coeur d'Alene Fire Chief retires after 31 years on the job



Posted on December 31, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 6:40 PM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho.—A Coeur d’Alene Fire Chief hung up his boots for good on Tuesday.

Pete Vandall began working as a Coeur d’Alene firefighter in 1982.

Vandall fought fires since the day he turned 18.

He served as a Battalion Chief, working late nights and early morning to manage the fire station.

"In fact, the other morning when my alarm went off at a quarter to 6 to come to work, I thought 'no more of that,' that's going to be nice,” said Vandall.

Vandall said it is time for him to step aside after 31 years on the job. One of his good friends he has made at the station is Deputy Chief Glenn Lauper.

Lauper said it is hard to see his friend and colleague retire.

"I'm going to miss his enthusiasm. Actually, and his passion for the job,” said Lauper.

Vandall agreed that he would miss the camaraderie.

Vandall said what he will not miss is the grief he gets about the one fire that got away years ago.

"We unfortunately burned down the circle K, which had the only slurpee machine in town. And I'm still hearing about that one from my kids and other people!” said Vandall.

Vandall said he looks forward to spending time with his wife, kids and his granddaughters.