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Hanging Up the Helmet: Mokena Fire Chief Ted Golden Talks Retirement

As Mokena Fire Chief Ted Golden steps down Friday, find out his thoughts on retirement, his career and life in Mokena in his own words.

Chief Ted Golden has served the Mokena community for the past 32 years and on Friday, June 1, he will step away from his post.

After working his way up the ranks of the from code enforcement officer to the highest rank of chief, Golden leaves behind a career—and his dream since the age of five. 

of thanks and had several members of the board and Village staff speak highly of him.

“We rarely have a chance to say something to someone who has taken 32 years of their lives and dedicated it to us,” said Mayor Joe Werner during the meeting. “That's what this man has done.”

Following the proclamation, other members of the board and Village staff shared their thoughts on Golden's time serving the community.

“While he did such a great job while he was here, what he leaves behind is something to be prouder of, in my opinion,” said Village Administrator John Downs. “They have a great culture, they all work very hard on providing fire services to the community. … I know Ted will be proud of what he's done while he was here and he'll be very proud of what the department is going to do in the future.”

Other administrators echoed Down's sentiments, with each expressing thanks to Golden for his role in shaping the department over the past 32 years.

For Golden's reflections on his retirement, check out the video above.

Leave a few parting words for Fire Chief Golden in the Comments section below.

Kevin Anderson June 01, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Ted just saw this in the patch today. Wow been that long? Time just flies by, I had some great times with you while on the dept. we will have to get together now that you have extra time on your hands. Your friend Kevin (MEL) Anderson
nick June 02, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Hopefully the next Fire Chief can cut back or put a cap on the gargantuan salary's paid to the Mokena firefighters. There are 34 firefighters and 11 are paid over $100,000.
Matt June 08, 2012 at 07:14 AM
I couldn't imagine anyone more deserving of a big salary than the people that risk their lives and invest their time in protecting and serving us people. Why should big companies' CEOs get paid billions to sit at a desk all day doing nothing at all, yet these hard working people such as firefighters barely make enough to support / start a family? I personally think not just Mokena firefighters but all firefighters and anyone that devotes themselves to the people deserves the absolute best. I think it's money well spent and they deserve every penny. I wish Ted the very best in his retirement - I don't live in Mokena but nevertheless a huge thank you by me and others for a job well done. :)

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