Accolades continue to pour in for Loudoun’s retiring Fire-Rescue System Chief W. Keith Brower Jr.
He has been honored with ceremonial resolutions unanimously adopted in the county Board of Supervisors and state General Assembly.
“You’ve created some shoes that I think are going to be very difficult to fill,” County Administrator Tim Hemstreet told Brower at a ceremony presenting the resolution from the county.
Brower, who has served in Loudoun since volunteering at 16 years old in 1973, is retiring after 45 years, having overseen the county’s transition from separate fire and rescue organizations into one of the largest combined fire and rescue systems in the state.
“It’s been a long ride, it’s been a good ride,” Brower said. “I think that I’ve tried to model my career after faith, family, friends, and focus, and I think if you have those things in that order, things tend to work out.”
Brower was also recently awarded the 2018 Governor’s Fire Service Award for Career Fire Chief of the Year, presented by Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran in February.
Combined Fire-Rescue System Assistant Chief Keith Johnson has taken over as acting chief.