Words can’t express how honored I am to lead IL911PS. It’s my hope and my prayer that we can continue to grow in awareness as well as to make it safe and to talk about the issues that we face together and be there for one another in times of struggle and need.
The start of my career dates back to 1988, I was accepted as a volunteer with the Willow Springs FD. It was there that I knew that the fire service was what I was called to do. Soon after, I was working part-time for another town and was testing everywhere I could, eventually landing a job with the Village of Bridgeview. In my 6th year, I did a lateral transfer to the City of Evanston and look to retire in 2023, with 30 years of service.
I have a diverse fire service background, starting as a volunteer and now with a large urban city. I currently serve as a Fire Apparatus Operator (Engineer) as well as a paramedic with the City of Evanston. I have tested for promotion in the past, but testing is not my thing, so after a couple rounds of serving as an Acting Captain, I decided to step out of that and just enjoy what I do.
It almost goes without saying that with 25 years there has been some memorable moments, both good and bad.
Outside of the fire service, I enjoy spending time with my family, riding my motorcycle and camping. I have two great kids, both out of college and starting in their own careers. In addition to my career in the fire service, I obtained my Masters of Divinity in 2016. Over the past few years I often fill in at smaller churches that are in need of someone to preach. While my faith is central to who I am as a person, my main purpose in being involved with IFFPS is to be a trusted presence for someone in need.
I was a Police Officer for 30 years and recently retired. I recently accepted the role of Executive Director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Officers Peer Support. I am a Divorced Dad with two children, ages 18 and 25. I am currently dealing with child alcoholism and depression in my family. I am a Christian man and have been attending Calvary Church in Orland Park for the past 8 years. I am also a retired member of the Chicago Fire Department after serving 29 years on the job. I have recently also become a member of the Illinois Fire Fighters Peer Support Team. I was a firearms instructor for over 18 years and am currently a CCL instructor for Illinois. I’m also a huge fan of hunting and fishing and of course the BlackHawks and Cubbies!!!
I want to be able to reach out to fellow law enforcement officers and let them know that they have someone to talk to who can relate to the things that we deal with on and off the job. Members need to know that “I CARE” and that you don’t have to face life’s challenges alone. I have always been passionate about helping people with their individual circumstances, whatever they would be. So, I am here to Listen, Relate, and Validate whatever you bring to the table. Time for me to Pay it Forward. God Bless.
Can you see yourself here?
This could be you.