Loved Caledonia custodian retires

CALEDONIA, Ill (WIFR)--- It's through tears that coworkers, students and loved ones anticipate the goodbye of head custodian, Mike Pfaffinger.

"The kids are already saying you can't quit, you can't quit," says Pfaffinger.

Pfaffinger worked at several schools in the Belvidere school district and began working as head custodian for Caledonia Elementary in 2006.

"I just love it, I think it's the greatest job in the world," says Pfaffinger.

He's admired by many for overcoming even the toughest of obstacles.

"I was burned in 1990, they had to sow skin back on and do the best they could. My wife was told just to find somebody to pray for me, that's where it was at," says Pfaffinger.

He works twice as hard to compensate for the scars left from the fire that burned around 80% of his body.

"I've had a lot of help, I haven't done all this on my own, no way. I've got somebody standing by me, helping me you know all the time," says Pfaffinger.

It's Pfaffinger's hard work and personality that wins over the hearts of everyone.

"My emotions go up and down because I will miss him, I'm going to get emotional now, he's been a big part of my life," says coworker Julie Nelson.