Looking up at this photo on his office wall, CFD First District Chief Bob Hoff said; “I look at that every day, and it continues to drive me, to serve as my motivation to be the best I can be…. Every day."
Photo: Little Bob Hoff at five years old with his Dad, Chicago Firefighter Captain Thomas A. Hoff at an inspection in Soldier Field in 1960. Captain Hoff was killed when a building collapsed over him during a fire at 70th and Dorchester in Chicago, Feb 14, 1962. The story of Thomas Hoff, Bob, and his older brother fireman, Ray, served as the basis for the Film "Backdraft".
An SS1 member (see 1st photo in this exhibition entitled SS1), Chief Hoff has been concerned with firefighter safety and survival his entire career co-authoring a book “Firefighter Safety and Survival with Lt. Rick Kolomay, another fireman's son. *
*Hoff, R., Kolomay, R. (2002). Firefighter Safety and Survival, Penwell Publishing.