Barnegat Light Fire Co. Pays Tribute to Longtime Chief

Incredibly hot SEAT: Retired as main immediately after 20 several years, Keith Anderson now has a seat at the back again of the cab as he keeps serving on the volunteer squad. (Images Courtesy Barnegat Light-weight Volunteer Fireplace Firm)
“Today marks the stop of an period,” Barnegat Gentle Volunteer Fireplace Co. #1 declared on the very first day of the new year. Keith Anderson grew to become main 20 many years before, and retired immediately after a size of service that a fellow officer referred to as “unheard of” in modern years’ management.
Moving up to the chief write-up is Fred Grimste, who had served along with Anderson nearly as long in the assistant chief function.
The company paid out tribute with the assertion “For 20 consecutive many years, Keith has selflessly and courageously led Station 13. He has led us through the ‘basics’ these types of as framework fires and h2o rescues, to the extremes like Superstorm Sandy, winter blizzards and F2 tornados, with the additional curveballs of jetty/lighthouse rescues.”
The new assistant chief, Jeffrey “Sponge” Washburn, commented to The SandPaper how uncommon a 20-year run is for leading fire enterprise officers. The officers are elected every single 12 months, and contrary to some other towns, Barnegat Mild is explained to have not endured the “politics” that can impression elections.
“Twenty years is a large deal,” pointed out Washburn. “Keith did these a wonderful position and was so well known that no person ran in opposition to him. It has been a great asset to Barnegat Mild that he served for so prolonged. He was ready to do this, which is a incredible accountability.”
Just before getting to be chief, Anderson was an officer for six years climbing the ranks, extra the on the net tribute on the hearth company’s Fb site, which stressed the value of performing along with fellow firefighters.
“Keith was not just any ole officer, he was a leader,” the on the web tribute went on. “He is not the Chief who sits back and barks orders, no, he is the Chief who is hands on, prospects by example, and is proper there with his firefighters. He is an honorable person who implies what he claims and hardly ever fails to occur by for the fantastic of the Fireplace Business and its associates. So (now former) Chief, we will pass up you major us but we will be happy to have you riding in the back again with us in the seat that’s obtained your identify on it!”
(Barnegat Mild Volunteer Fireplace Firm)
Anderson declined to be interviewed further, not seeking accolades past what he explained was the nice tribute published by the fire firm. A fireplace corporation member also pointed out Kyle Anderson, son of Keith and his spouse, Kelly, is one of the most recent users of the section.
Fellow firefighters both equally online and in man or woman expressed guidance for new Chief Grimste, pointing out his good longevity as previous assistant chief.
“Congratulations to Fred for having the celebratory torch and main Station 13 into the potential,” the Fb site showed. “You are dedicated and focused to the protection of our group and its people. Keep on the terrific perform.”
The volunteer fire firm delivers fire safety as properly as drinking water and ice rescue companies to Barnegat Light, Substantial Bar Harbor and the north stop of Loveladies.
— Maria Scandale

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