Cincinnati firefighter spends last day on the job with his sons

Posted at 6:08 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 18:10:22-04

CINCINNATI -- After serving the community for over 30 years, Captain Jack Klosterman had one wish on his last day: To spend it with his sons.

Klosterman has worked for the Cincinnati Fire Department for 30 years, and his sons, Josh and Eric, plan to follow in his footsteps.

“I always tried to do the right thing ... it's been an enjoyable ride,” he said.

Klosterman won’t say much about the good he’s done, but his sons are a different story.

“I can't tell you how many times I’ve had people say, ‘That's the best officer I've ever worked for,’ and that puts a lot of pressure on us, but it certainly makes you proud,” Josh said.

Eric also said he worries about living up to the expectations.

"I just hope I can live up to the name,” he said.

Being at the firehouse wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for Klosterman’s sons; they’ve spent plenty of time there and have even celebrated holidays with Cincinnati’s firefighters. 

“Growing up we always spent time at the firehouse, running around, and it had a big influence. I’ve always wanted to do it,” Eric said. 

Josh said he is proud to keep the family tradition alive. 

“It's pretty awesome. Me and my brother grew up together, and now we're gonna spend the next 20 or 25 working together,” Josh said.

Klosterman wants only the best for Josh and Eric.

“I hope they get as much from this job as I did,” Klosterman said.