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Division Chief Glenn Vanek retired on July 2nd after a distinguished 24 year career with the Evanston Fire Department.  

Chief Vanek began his career in 1993 and as he progressed through the ranks he consistently exhibited a genuine commitment to community service along with a great ability to train and professionally develop his fellow firefighters and paramedics. A dedicated leader, he served as a division wide team leader for hazardous materials response as well as a member of the elite Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One for Illinois. He finished his career in charge of the department’s training program and special rescue operations.

“Chief Vanek has always been a passionate and dedicated firefighter, paramedic and fire officer who always did his best to advance our mission, not only through the pursuit of his own personal excellence, but also by working hard to ensure excellence in those around him by coaching and mentorship,” said Fire Chief Brian Scott. “We wish him a happy and healthy retirement and all the best with his future endeavors.”

For more information, contact Division Chief Paul Polep at ppolep@cityofevanston.org