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Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber has announced a number of promotions that will take effect on Tuesday.

Captain/Paramedic Paul Polep will be promoted to Division Chief, filling the vacancy left when Division Chief Thomas Janetske retired. He will direct and lead the department’s Emergency Medical Division. Polep joined the department in 1996 as a Firefighter/Paramedic and was promoted to Captain/Paramedic in 2007.

Captain/Paramedic Alan Lermer will be promoted to Shift Chief, filling the vacancy left when Shift Chief David Arreguin retired. Lermer joined the department in 1990 as a Firefighter/Paramedic and was promoted to Captain/Paramedic in 2003.

Fire Apparatus Operator Michael Perrino will be promoted to Captain. Perrino joined the department in 2006 and was promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator in 2014.

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Fire Apparatus Operator David Smrha will be promoted to Captain. Smrha joined the department in 2006 and was promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator in 2014.

Firefighter/Paramedic Sean Malloy will be promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator. Malloy joined the department in 2006.

Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Hays will be promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator. Hays joined the department in 2005.

The public is invited to attend a ceremony recognizing and celebrating the department promotions on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Parasol Room at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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