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updated: 8/28/2013 2:40 PM

Buffalo Grove firefighter retires after 25 years

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  • Video: Brecht's retirement ceremony

  • Buffalo Grove Fire Lt. William "Kent" Brecht thanks the department after receiving the station flag on the occasion of his retirement after 25 years with the department.

       Buffalo Grove Fire Lt. William "Kent" Brecht thanks the department after receiving the station flag on the occasion of his retirement after 25 years with the department.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Buffalo Grove Fire Department Lt. William "Kent" Brecht says goodbye to his station mates on the occasion of his retirement after 25 years with the department.

       Buffalo Grove Fire Department Lt. William "Kent" Brecht says goodbye to his station mates on the occasion of his retirement after 25 years with the department.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Buffalo Grove Fire Lt. William "Kent" Brecht, right, is hugged by Chief Terry Vavra after receiving the station flag on the occasion of his retirement after 25 years with the department.

       Buffalo Grove Fire Lt. William "Kent" Brecht, right, is hugged by Chief Terry Vavra after receiving the station flag on the occasion of his retirement after 25 years with the department.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Buffalo Grove Fire Department Lt. William "Kent" Brecht, right, is congratulated by his good friend Lt. Scott Olson on the occasion of his retirement after 25 years with the department.

       Buffalo Grove Fire Department Lt. William "Kent" Brecht, right, is congratulated by his good friend Lt. Scott Olson on the occasion of his retirement after 25 years with the department.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Buffalo Grove Fire Lt. William "Kent" Brecht is saluted by the department after receiving the station flag on the occasion of his retirement after 25 years with the department.

       Buffalo Grove Fire Lt. William "Kent" Brecht is saluted by the department after receiving the station flag on the occasion of his retirement after 25 years with the department.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

The Village of Buffalo Grove honored retiring fire Lt. William "Kent" Brecht Wednesday morning with a walk out ceremony celebrating his 25 years with the department.

Village officials, including the town's mayor and manager, fire and police personnel, and retirees all showed up for the event.

Brecht was presented with the flag that was flown Tuesday at Station 25, 505 W. Dundee Road.

"He's a good guy," said fire department spokesman John Gilleran, adding that for a number of years one of Brecht's extra duties was testing fire department air packs and making sure face masks fit properly.

Retirement will give Brecht more time for one of his hobbies, flying. He's certified as a pilot on several kinds of aircraft and working on his helicopter pilot license, Gilleran said.

"I've got a feeling he's going to be spending a lot of time up in the wild blue yonder," he said.

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