LYNWOOD | John Swanson says three memories stand out when he looks back at his 25 years on the Lynwood Fire Department.
The first is a time he assisted in a birth. The other two involve reviving people from cardiac arrest.
"To see those people afterwards in the hospital and they're talking to me after they were clinically deceased, to see them come back makes it all worth it," Swanson said.
Swanson, currently deputy chief, was honored for his service at Tuesday's Village Board meeting. A roomful of firefighters attended the meeting in support.
"I just want to tell you I appreciate all your hard work," Police Chief Michael Mears said. "For about a year now, John has basically been our paid-on-call fire chief, taking care of all the day-to-day operations."
Mears presented Swanson with a plaque.
"It's nice, but there are others that deserve it," Swanson said. "I can't say enough about the guys here. We have a great group of firemen. Our officers do a lot and we work as a team. I think we've got one of the best teams around."
Swanson has never been a member of any other department. He's worked his way up the ranks from lieutenant to captain to assistant chief to deputy chief.
He said he became a firefighter because he enjoys helping people.
"I get a lot of satisfaction from helping people out when they're having a bad day," he said.
In other news, Lisa Hooten was also officially sworn in as village treasurer earlier in the meeting. Her swearing in had been on two previous meeting agendas.
"This has been a long time coming," Village President Eugene Williams said. "She's already been (acting) treasurer forever."