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Arlington Heights Fire Chief celebrates more than 30 years in service
ARLINGTON For a man whos racked up more than three decades as a firefighter, Lon Langdons recollections of his career in fire service are surprisingly short.
I got into it because I was interested in it, was all, said Langdon, who recalls joining Arlington Heights Fire District 21 in 1972. I didnt expect to stay in so long, but its been a lot of fun.
Langdon, whos now the fire chief of Arlington Heights, credited his fellow firefighters with contributing to his enjoyment of his job, before thanking the community as a whole for its support.
I havent decided when Ill quit yet, Langdon said. I think Ill stay in for a little bit longer. Ive learned a lot. Unless you have real good people to work with, you wont want to stay. Ive always had good people.
Langdon reflected on the changes in firefighting equipment that hes seen over the years, which have made his job more convenient, as well as the enduring difficulties of being a volunteer firefighter, such as going to work after sleepless nights.
Arlington Mayor Margaret Larson joined Langdons fellow firefighters in praising his years of service.
He came from a well-respected family, and hes acted with commitment toward the community, especially Arlington Heights, Larson said. Im proud to know him.
Oso Fire Chief Sandy Baker likewise cited Langdons determination.
Hes got a real stubborn streak, Baker said. Hes persistent about the issues that matter to him, and hell work hard and fight for what he believes in. He sticks to it forever. Hes a generous person whos been good to the Oso Fire Department.
Chuck Pierce, a firefighter with District 21, lauded Langdon as a chief.
His knowledge and devotion makes him an excellent person to run our department, Pierce said. This is his life.
An open house for Langdon will be held Nov. 4 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Fire Station, on 12131 228th St. NE in Arlington.