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Evanston Fire Division Chief Dwight Hohl will retire Monday after 26 years with the department.

A flag-lowering ceremony will be held in his honor at 3 p.m. Monday at Fire Department Headquarters, 909 Lake Street, Evanston.

Hohl began his career as a firefighter/paramedic on Aug. 13, 1992.

Fire Chief Brian Scott says Hohl took on important roles within the department, including mentoring the new paramedics in the field and serving on the EMS committee and the dive team, where he eventually became the dive team leader. 

Hohl moved into the role of captain and then division chief in October 2010. As the Division Chief of EMS, Chief Hohl implemented the Community CPR program and electronic patient care reporting.

In his current position as division chief of emergency management and fire prevention, he has revised the city’s Emergency Management Plan and provided meaningful training to city employees and residents.

“Throughout his entire career, Chief Hohl has always been willing to step up and do whatever it takes to improve the department, as well as enhance the safety of community,” said Chief Scott. “On a personal level, his leadership style is characterized by genuine kindness and support, coupled with a great sense of humor. Dwight will certainly be missed.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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