Bob Anderson is the President of Vigilant Watch. Bob retired from the VBFD in May 2005 after serving for 29 years. Bob was a Field Firefighter for 15 years and served 14 years as Instructor Videographer for the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center. Bob created the Virginia Beach Fire Department Video Production Unit in 1990, which was initially designed to produce training programs for department personnel. Bob is happily married to his wife, Susan and they have a beautiful teenaged daughter.
Vice President of Current Operations
Joe Long started his career in 1976 as a junior squad member of the Davis Corner Volunteer Fire Department. He then served two years as a Crash Fire/Rescue Specialist at the Norfolk International Airport before starting his career with the Virginia Beach Fire Department in 1980, where he is retired from the Fire Marshal’s Office as an Assistant Fire Marshal. Joe’s experiences as a First Responder aided in the realization and forming of this vital service for all of our First Responders, and has taken on the role of Vice President of current operations for Vigilant Watch, Inc.
Rory Zach is the Vice President of Vigilant Watch. A third generation firefighter, Rory began his emergency service career as a volunteer Firefighter in the Sayreville, NJ Fire Dept. in 1975 and served in almost all administrative positions as well as all line officer positions in SFD becoming Chief of Department in 1990. Rory also worked as a career fire service Instructor at the Middlesex County, NJ Fire Academy, serving as the Senior Fire Instructor for several years administering the day to day operations of the academy. Before retiring in 2011, Rory served eight years as the Emergency Management Coordinator for Middlesex County, NJ. Responsible for all emergency preparedness planning, response, and recovery, in the County, Rory also served on the Executive Board of the Northern NJ Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Region, helping to manage all federal grants programs for the region. Rory and his wife Bonnie have two sons, Chris and Scott, who are both Master Firefighters in the Virginia Beach Fire Dept.
Kim Sandlin has been involved for the past 14 years in every aspect of her husband Wayne’s career from 1996 through his retirement in 2009. She stood firm and strong through his fight with cancer, recovery and in her loyalty to the members of the Virginia Beach Fire Department and their families. Her dogged determination as Treasurer of Vigilant Watch, Inc. and the countless hours given in the service of our first responders has been a vital first step in the founding of this organization.
In 2008, Carol Barber saw first hand the true meaning of Fire Department Brotherhood when her husband, a 30 year Virginia Beach Firefighter, Carl “Alan” Barber was diagnosed with lung cancer. As the Vigilant Watch, Inc. non-profit organization began to form, she knew she wanted to be a part of it. A few months after Alan’s passing in November 2008, Carol was asked to become part of the Executive Board for Vigilant Watch, Inc. Without hesitation, she chose to accept the position knowing this organization will help make a difference in other First Responder’s lives.