Excerpts from the Heraldnews.com:
Thirty-two years after joining the Joliet Fire Department, Ray Randich retired Friday after eight years as deputy chief. Chief Joe Formhals said a recent search of the department’s roster history showed Randich served as second-in-command longer than anyone else.
Randich holds a fire science degree from Joliet Junior College and was one of the first Joliet firefighters to become a paramedic, which is now a requirement. He served as chief of operations and was the secretary and treasurer for the firefighters union. He and his wife, Donna Randich, have three children.
“Zak’s a Plainfield firefighter, Lauren is a teacher and Daniel is at Western looking toward law enforcement,” Ray Randich said. “I think I’m proudest that my kids chose careers where they help and serve people. That’s what I’ve gotten [the most] out of firefighting.”