Steel Men and Wooden Ladders

About The Author

 Retired Chief William Ruting

William (Bill) Ruting is the retired fire chief of the La Grange, Illinois Fire Department.  Bill joined the department in 1970 as a paid-on-call and became a full-time firefighter in February of 1977.  Over the years he was promoted to Lieutenant, Captain, and in 1996, was appointed Chief.


Bill’s duties with the department include: EMS coordinator, director of fire prevention, public education officer, fire investigator, investigative photographer, fire instructor, and hazardous materials officer.


Chief Ruting served as a Box Chief and  Hazardous Materials Chief, and also served as the MABAS Division 10 President, Loyola University EMS Chiefs’ Committee, and U. S. D.O.E Transportation External Coordinating/Working Group.

After retiring he performed consulting work and training for hospitals in the United States and Canada.