Urbana Fire Chief: 'I love my job so much that at 31 years, I've never gone to work'

  • Source: Champaign News-Gazette
  • Published: 09/11/2018 05:15 AM

Today, anyone who knows him will tell you that 31-year veteran Chuck Lauss is a firefighter through and through. But it wasn't always that way for Urbana's newly appointed fire chief, whose original post-high-school plans called for enrolling at Lincoln Christian College, then joining the ministry. While growing up in Pekin, his parents instilled in him a sense of altruism. Service-oriented but with little money for school, Lauss pursued other ways he might give back. That led him to firefighting — a line of work that involves a lot more giving than receiving, he discovered soon after getting to know those who do it for a living. "It's truly what they want — to give back," Lauss said. "They want to serve and make a scene a little better when they leave than when they got there. They're public servants as a whole." Not many firefighters have the resume Lauss has put together in more than 30 years on the job, much of it in his hometown department.


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