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When Bob Considine retired from the Berwyn Fire Department in 2006, the former two-sport star athlete at Morton College in Cicero, Illinois, sought a new challenge.
A sedentary lifestyle in retirement for the adventure-minded Considine was out. For someone who has competed in triathlons, solo hiked the Grand Canyon and the Valley of Fire, and played in three Men’s Senior Baseball League World Series with ex-major leaguers Jose Cardenal and Rich Nye, Considine still has plenty of mileage left on the odometer of life.
The Berwyn resident decided to follow his passion and started teaching urban and wilderness skills.
“I’ve loved the outdoors my whole life,” said Considine, who rose to the rank of lieutenant and arson investigator during a 33-year-career with the Berwyn Fire Department. “It’s the reason why I went in this direction. We try to teach people the basics. Safety is the number one goal – we want to prepare people for situations and provide them with the resources they need.”
Several years ago, he met Dave Canterbury, the co-host of the Discovery Channel’s “Dual Survival” cable TV program and author of “The Pathfinder System: A Common Man’s Survival Guide.” That translated into Considine joining Canterbury’s bi-monthly publication, “Self Reliance Magazine,” as an associate instructor and staff writer.
“Dave and I met at an outdoor show,” Considine said. “We found we spoke a common language and he brought me on. Dave is just a great guy. We’re always bouncing ideas off each other and trying to find ways to improve.”
Considine’s primary audience is hunters, fishermen and families seeking to expand their knowledge of basic outdoor skills. His areas of emphasis include fire, water, shelter, food gathering and wild edible plants. If Considine isn’t giving lessons, he’ll be on his farm in north central Illinois practicing the skills he teaches.
“As Dave’s partner, Cody Lundin, on the show says, ‘The more you know, the less you need,’” Considine said. “That statement sums up all of what we’re trying to teach. The prepared mind is definitely the best tool.”
He also lectures police and fire departments on urban preparedness, using guidelines established by the National Incident Management System and the Department of Homeland Security.
When Considine attended Morton College from 1971 to 1973, the current campus was still in the blueprint stages as classes were held in rented locations all across the district. Considine played football and baseball, earning all-conference honors twice in football and once in baseball.
He still holds the Morton College record for the longest field goal, a 47-yarder against Thornton (now South Suburban). During Considine’s sophomore year in baseball, the pitcher/outfielder batted .328 and was 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA as Morton College shared the N4C title with DuPage and advanced to the state tournament.
Long after Considine’s playing days at Morton College were complete, the athletic department still provided a helping hand. Considine wanted to attempt a field event at the World Police and Fire Games in San Diego, but didn’t have a javelin. Bob “Slivers” Slivovsky, the College’s late sports information director/equipment manager, dug a javelin out of storage for Considine. After just training for six weeks, Considine returned from San Diego in 1987 with a bronze medal.
“I enjoyed my time at Morton College,” said Considine, who received a baseball scholarship to Illinois State. “It was affordable, I had great teachers and coaches and I had the opportunity to play two sports. It was all good – we knew there was a bigger future picture ahead for us.”