Faculty Spotlight: Rich Stoehrmann

Rich Stoehrmann

Rich Stoehrmann
Program: Fire Science

Rich Stoehrmann first became interested in becoming a firefighter when he and his wife moved to Boliongbrook in 1973.

It was mostly a volunteer department, and Stoehrmann felt it would be a way of helping his community. After one and half years, he became a full-time member and 30 years later retired from the Bolingbrook Fire Department as the Battalion Chief.

He currently works part-time for the Illinois State Fire Marshal's office as a Fire Certification Specialist and shares his vast knowledge and experiences with Fire Science students at College of DuPage.

"I teach because I love the interaction with students who think they may want to become firefighters," he said. "It's a really great feeling of accomplishment when a student I taught in the Introduction class who wasn't sure about becoming a firefighter visits me and is now a Chief Officer on a fire department. I hope all of my students walk out of class with a respect for the occupation as well as being much more safety-conscious about fire in their daily lives."

Stoehrmann is constantly inspired by his fellow firefighters and said it's a career that many people don't understand.

"All they know is that when they call 911 because something terrible is happening in their lives or to a loved one, we'll be there and give them peace of mind to know it's being taken care of."

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