Saying he just knew it was time, South Shore Fire Chief William Bouma announced Friday that he will retire on Oct. 1.
That date coincides with Bouma’s 13th anniversary with the department. Prior to coming to Mount Pleasant, which turned into South Shore after the 2009 consolidation agreement with Sturtevant, he was with the Waukegan, Ill., fire department for 20 years.
“There have been struggles inside and outside of the department that impacted this decision,” he told Patch. “There comes a time when you look in the mirror and just know it’s time.”
As for what he’ll miss most about being part of the department, Bouma said he’ll miss the people with whom he’s formed such strong bonds.
“This isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle and we’re all family here,” he said.
In a note to department and village staff and trustees, Bouma said he will be meeting with crews on each shift over the weekend.
“Remember that you have always made me proud to be your chief,” his message concluded.
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South Shore Fire Chief Announces His Retirement