The Arizona State Fire School recently honored late Buckeye Fire Chief Bob Costello, along with Northwest Fire District Chief Jeff Piechura, as the 2021 Firefighters of the Year.
Both men literally ended their careers “with their boots on,” according to a news release. Costello passed away from complications from COVID-19. Piechura died in a plane crash while doing reconnaissance on the Cedar Basin Fire.
The award exemplifies the character, commitment and compassion that are the hallmarks of the firefighting profession. The hard work and outstanding efforts of Costello throughout his career will have positive impacts on Buckeye for years to come, the release states.
Costello joined the Buckeye Fire Department in 2004 and became Fire Chief in 2008. He was instrumental in helping get multiple fire stations constructed for the department to ensure the best service possible for the city's now 100,000 residents.
Throughout his career, Costello achieved recognition for various awards and innovative programs, including the implementation of the Community Para-medicine Program, in coordination with Banner Estrella Medical Center.
A few other achievements from Costello are: