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Appreciation for the Rock

March 11, 2012

I’ve worked with a lot of people during my emergency service career. The length of these people’s emergency careers has varied. Some worked decades, some years, some months, some weeks, and some days. And, some worked their whole careers for the same organization, while others – including myself – worked for several organizations.

The length and quality of careers seems to be as varied as the ways we choose to recognize them when they leave. That may be why we don’t always do a good job with recognition. And that brings me to the point of this article.

Assistant Fire Director T.J. Rockenbach will bring his time with Stafford County to a close this coming Friday. He has accepted a job offer in his home state of Oklahoma.

T.J. didn’t work decades in Stafford County, he isn’t a lifelong resident, he didn’t rescue a house full of children, and he isn’t staying in Stafford County. But, there’s plenty that he did do.

T.J. loves the fire service as much as anybody I’ve ever met.

It showed with his enthusiasm to help get a new fire station built in St. John – the first combined City/County station in that city. It showed in his efforts to get the department switched over to electronic reporting. It showed when he coordinated the purchase of gear and equipment through two large federal grants.

As a spin-off from his name, I would describe T.J. as “The Rock” when it comes to his fire service dedication.

So, do me a favor. Keep an eye out for an unusual rock during the week. Pick up that rock and bring it to the formal recognition at the administration building on Friday at 2 p.m. If you can’t make it Friday, drop by anytime this week.

Thanks T.J. – we wish you the Best!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kay Kinnamon permalink
    March 12, 2012 9:55 pm

    We are really going to miss him, Jill, and their two wonderful kids. Brings tears to my eyes when thinking about it, but I know they have to do what is best for their family. Thanks TJ, we have really enjoyed working with you in Scouts. Thanks, Jill for all of the stories you read to my first graders and for finally getting a classroom of your own. Best wishes, but we will miss you. Love you guys, Kay and Jerry

  2. beshkno permalink
    March 12, 2012 9:59 pm

    I worked with “The Rock” at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and must say that he is a quality firefighter and a superior individual. I wish him the best of luck.

  3. Jason Bolt permalink
    March 13, 2012 12:37 am

    TJ is a dedicated, loyal, one of a kind guy. I am proud to have worked with him and prouder yet to call him a friend.

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