Thanks for everything, chief

Re: Ridge fire chief leaving (The News, Sept. 13).

Editor, The News:

I’m sure it’s not without its share of mixed emotions that Maple Ridge Fire Chief Peter Grootendorst has decided to move into another aspect of the fire service.

Mr. Grootendorst is one of the most knowledgeable and inspiring team leaders I got to know during my professional career, and during my association with him as a firefighter, fellow emergency services chief, and a friend.

He has remained someone who has always been approachable and reasonable when it came to any decisions affecting those around him.

I’m sure not all decisions were met with favour, but in the end it could never be argued that he wasn’t fair and respectful.

It was that approach that has in no small way helped to develop the Maple Ridge Fire Department into one of the most well-respected fire departments in the province.

The citizens and staff of Maple Ridge, and certainly the firefighters and families of the Maple Ridge Fire Department will miss his presence and leadership at the halls.

That being said, I have no doubt that Mr. Grootendorst will be inspiring many others with the level of expertise and professionalism he will display in this next leg of his career.

Thanks for being there, and best of luck.

Bob Sutherland,

retired paramedic chief

Maple Ridge

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