New deputy chief, chaplain appointed to Glenwood Fire Department

2013-05-10T23:15:00Z 2013-05-10T23:59:06Z New deputy chief, chaplain appointed to Glenwood Fire DepartmentPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent
May 10, 2013 11:15 pm  • 

GLENWOOD | A standing-room-only crowd filled the Glenwoodie Golf Club clubhouse Tuesday to witness three police officers become sergeants and the appointments of a new deputy fire chief and the village's first Fire Department chaplain.

The Village Board appointed Bill Palm deputy fire chief. He replaces William Edgar, who retired last year.

"Bill Palm has been a member of our Fire Department for 26-plus years," Fire Chief Kevin Welsh said. "He was also a paid-on-call firefighter in Crete, Illinois, for a stint."

The board appointed Herb Searfoss, pastor of the Glenwood Bible Church, Fire Department chaplain.

"The Fire Department has never had a recognized chaplain," Welsh said.

Searfoss will provide internal support for members of the department and also ride along on large fire calls in the village.

"He'll be able to help if something happens to one of our people or if the resident in the home becomes in need," Welsh said.

Police Officers Christopher Burke, Patrick Owens and Curtis Perry were sworn in as sergeants.

"It was a competitive testing process, put on by the Fire and Police Commission," Police Chief Demitrous Cook said. "After the test scores were tallied, they were the top three candidates."

Cook said the department now has seven sergeants and the increase will mitigate liability by providing more supervision on shifts.

Also on Tuesday, Village President Kerry Durkin, Village Clerk Ernestine Dobbins and Trustees Ron Gardiner, Carmen Hopkins and Paul Styles all took their oaths of office, in accordance with the results of the April 9 election.

Durkin presented plaques of appreciation to former Trustees Joe Barry and Alvin Freeman, as well as Thomas Maxwell for having served on the Police Pension Fund Board.

Ed Tunelius, who is retiring in July, was given a golf bag from the village as appreciation for serving as village engineer off and on since 1977.

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