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Emeritus

The establishment of Fire Chief Emeritus is an honorary title for retired Fire Chiefs who have meritorious service to their community and the fire service profession. Fire Chief Emeritus is reserved for those retired chiefs who have had distinguished careers, regardless if paid or volunteer, and whose significant contributions set them apart from their peers.

Nominations submitted are considered based on achievements and service to the fire service community, education and certifications, innovative accomplishments, involvement in professional fire service organizations, and service in the community to include outside organizations during your term as Fire Chief.

2017

  • Chief David Skoryi Lockport Township Fire Protection District

2016 

  • Chief Ken Dunn Tinley Park Fire Protection District
  • Chief Ted Golden Mokena Fire Protection District
  • Chief Donald Gould, Jr. Prospect Heights Fire Protection District
  • Chief James Grady, III Frankfort Fire Protection District

2015 

  • Chief Dave Dato Wauconda Fire Protection District
  • Chief Mike Grubermann University Park Fire Department
  • Chief James Dominik Wilmette Fire Department

2014 

  • None awarded

2013 

  • Chief Robert Bettenhausen Tinley Park Fire Department
  • Chief James Saletta Huntley Fire Protection District
  • Chief Jeff Waite Sullivan Fire Protection District

2012

  • Chief John Fennell Elmhurst Fire Department
  • Chief Dan Hermes Pleasantview Fire Protection District
  • Chief Robert Stecher West Peoria Fire Protection District
  • Chief Andrew O’Donnell Lemont Fire Protection District
  • Chief Lowell Mathre Newark Fire Protection District

2011

  • Chief Jerome Burke Skokie Fire Department
  • Chief Ernest Russell Canton/Peoria Fire Department
  • Chief Fred J. Olson Franklin Park Fire Department
  • Chief James Quinn Deerfield Bannockburn Fire Protection District
  • Chief Robert Graham Lake Bluff Fire Department
  • Chief Timothy F. Deutschle Addison Fire Protection District

2010

  • Chief Timothy McGrath Gurnee Fire Department
  • Chief Harry Kinowski Niles Fire Department
  • Chief Leslie Albert Decatur Fire Department
  • Chief Ralph Blust Glenside Fire Protection District

2009

  • Chief Nicholas H. Althoff Effingham Fire Department
  • Chief George W. Beverly Lockport Fire Protection District
  • Chief Samuel J. Dada Gurnee Fire Department
  • Chief John R. Krizik Posen Fire Department
  • Chief Thomas A. McCoy Catlin Fire Protection District
  • Chief Robert D. Nielsen Oak Brook Fire Department
  • Chief Kris A. Phipps Charleston Fire Department
  • Chief Michael R. Stried Winthrop Harbor Fire Department
  • Chief William C. Watts Havana Rural Fire Protection District

2008

  • Chief Edward V. Dubowski Park Ridge Fire Department
  • Chief Richard R. Swanson Elmhurst Fire Department
  • Chief Randy C. Justus Mundelein Fire Department
  • Chief Lanson W. Russell DeKalb Fire Department
  • Chief Robert M. Buhs Orland Fire Protection District
  • Chief Lester F. Macko Cary Fire Protection District
  • Chief Oscar Presley Harlem Roscoe Fire Protection District
  • Chief Paul H. Boecker Lisle Woodridge Fire Protection District
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