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Alaska Firefighters pay tribute to Battalion Chief Phil Rounds University of Alaska FD

Wow what can we say about Chief Wonderful? We had a great celebration of his life through out the week and on Saturday. He will be forever in our hearts and on our minds as we continue to carry on the task that he has always held so near and dear to his heart. Chief Rounds will forever be remembered for his love of the job by all those he touched in whatever he did.

Never before in my life have I ever scene a gathering of brothers and sisters in Fairbanks who traveled from near and far to pay respect and tribute to a man with a huge heart and love of the job.The world is a lot better and safer place because of people like him. Heaven has recieved a beloved brother, friend, mentor and honorary dad. We are eternally indebted and grateful for having known and loved this man and what he contributed to our community, across the state and the Nation to so many.

Rest in Peace Chief Rounds 103


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Comment by Doug Price on December 4, 2008 at 9:00pm
I'm with you Brad on the teaching the younger people but we can't beat it in their heads. Thats when they start to look at us like we have two heads, when we start talking about the good ol' days and the history. But like you have said as well as others it's up to us to get them to understand what we are here for and where we come from. Like Art said Thanks to you & Ben for the post about the Chief, he will always be with the UFD and the rest of us. Take care Brother!

Comment by Brad Hoff on December 1, 2008 at 12:55am
Thanks for your kind words brother!

If I could wish for one thing from all the things that I have learned over the years and through people like Chief Rounds. I think it would be that we should do our best to instill what the fire service is all about in our younger generation. We need to inform them on where we have been and how we got to where we are now so they can see where we are headed and they are part of something bigger than themselves.
Comment by Art Zern on November 30, 2008 at 10:18pm
Brad and Ben,

Thanks to both you and Ben for sharing your love and respect for BC Rounds with this group. I never met the Chief; however, I feel like I got a chance to know who he was and what he was about through reading your posts, Ben's posts and what I have found to read. Chief Rounds was indeed lucky to have friends like you both. We should all strive to reach the end and to leave such a great legacy.

Thank you for sharing,


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