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Lombard Firefighter Robert “Bob” Hopper was recently presented the highly esteemed VFW Public Servant Award by the Lilac VFW Post 5815 for his dedicated service to the Lombard community.
Firefighter/Paramedic Bob Hopper has worked for the Lombard Fire Department for 9 years and is recognized by his peers as a leader who is willing to take on any job with great willingness and professionalism according to Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Howell. “Bob has a reputation of going beyond what he is asked to do in the spirit of service to those in need. He’s even known as ‘Fireman Bob Square Pants’ by the Lombard schoolchildren who he has taught fire safety to for the past 8 years,” said Howell.
Hopper’s contributions to the Lombard community include initiating and heading the Lombard Fire Department’s Pink Shirt Campaign, a fundraiser that allows firefighters, residents and Village staff to purchase a shirt designed by Hopper, with the proceeds going to help cancer patients in treatment at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL. The campaign recently celebrated its second year and almost $2,500. Hopper also volunteers as a Lombard Fire Department delegate to the annual Wii Bowling Tournament at Beacon Hill Senior Living Center, and has raised money in cooking competitions benefiting child burn victims.