Hoffman Estates fire chief honored for 35 years of service

Hoffman Estates Trustee Gary Pilafas gently reminded the audience at Monday's board meeting that he was only 6 years old when Fire Chief Robert Gorvett joined the fire department.

Gorvett briefly left the chamber and wasn't present for the good-natured ribbing from Pilafas. The village board recognized Gorvett on Monday, marking his 35 years working full time for the village. His wife Laurie and a group of his fellow firefighters attended in support.

Gorvett actually started working for the village more than 35 years ago. He began as a volunteer firefighter in 1972 and joined full time in 1975.

After numerous titles, including a couple stints as acting fire chief, he was given the permanent title as chief in 2008. He's the 13th fire chief in Hoffman Estates' history.

Hoffman Estates Fire Chief Robert Gorvett, standing with his wife Laurie, is honored for his 35 years of service Feb. 1. The village board is in the background. Courtesy Hoffman Estates