Retirement for Glendale Fire Chief Christopher R. Gray won’t mean a life of leisure. When he leaves his post on Aug. 30, the 50-year-old San Fernando Valley native will move to northern California to become fire chief in San Rafael.
It’s hardly surprising that Chief Gray won’t be leaving behind the world of fire engines, raging fires and fire-related emergencies. Firefighting and service to others has been Gray’s life since he – at the age of three – announced to his parents that he wanted to be a fire chief.
“I don’t think of it as a career, I think of it as a calling, and it’s been more than satisfying,” Gray said, as he reflected on his 30 years of firefighting, including about six years as Glendale’s fire chief. “When you think back on your life, you think, why are we here? What are we doing? It’s all about service to others,” he said. “Hopefully along the way you help some folks.”