A Rockford firefighter has a very cool side job: writing children’s books.
Robert “Bo” Chaney writes the fictional adventures of Rob & Rocky, a series of books that expose children to career options, life choices, and cultural difference.
“Bo Chaney represents the very best values in our community and serves as a great example of what our community deserves,” said Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney, at a County Board meeting Thursday night at which Chaney received the Chairman Service Award.
“Thank you, Bo, for everything you do,” Haney said.
Chaney was a teacher, went back and got his Master’s Degree, and he and his wife even opened a charter school in Rockford.
Chaney also mentored kids at Auburn and Roosevelt High Schools.
He says that after doing that, he realized he wanted to go back to talk to kids about finding attainable careers.
“I just want to get all the options out for young people, so they’ll have a buffet of career options, because nobody really laid it out for me,” he said.
Haney said, “At a time when we want to grow a more diverse workforce, Mr. Chaney has done remarkable work, reaching out directly with some of our future leaders of our community, and exposing them to how cool it is to be in a police or fire career.”
Chaney travels around the country, talking to kids about jobs in law enforcement and the trades.
His books are available on Amazon.