From Ex-Pres Dan
The bright light shined this week on our very own Fire Chief, John Burgess.  John grew up in Sumner, picking berries for a summer job.  He shared his childhood dream of becoming a fireman, a dream that came true, thankfully for Gig Harbor and Midday Rotary.  John told about an early recollection of wearing his fireman boots on the classic J.P. Patches television show as he celebrated his birthday as a youngster.
John lived out his dream obtaining a technical education in firefighting, and later graduated from Washington State University (GO COUGS!).  His first job after graduating was as a resident firefighter, living at a fire station.  “Fired up” by that experience, John took a job as a fireman in Graham.
An opening in the Gig Harbor Fire Department caught John’s eye, and he and his wife Beth decided Gig Harbor would be a great place to raise a family.  How fortunate that was for Gig Harbor, with John eventually becoming our Fire Chief.  And how fortunate for Midday Rotary to have such a great community leader and Rotarian as a member of our club.