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Rockford pays respect to former fire chief


The community gathered Thursday afternoon to honor the memory of former fire chief Alderman Bill Robertson.

Robertson died Saturday, February 23, at the age of 66. He began working for the Rockford Fire Department in 1972 and was named chief in 1991. He was elected 14th Ward Alderman in 2009 after resigning from the department the year before.

Robertson is being remembered not only for his leadership in the community, but also the personal relationships he forged.

"I was very fortunate to have Bill as an uncle and a best friend," Rockford Fire Department Driver Engineer and Robertson's nephew Jeff Kloweit said.

The visitation was held at Zion Lutheran Church at 925 5th Avenue from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Thursday evening and a memorial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday.

Memorials can be sent to Zion Lutheran Church, Shelter Care Ministries (412 North Church Street), or Serenity Hospice and Home (1658 South Illinois Route 71, Oregon).

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