Lansing Fire Department administration receives approval for reorganization

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At the May 7, 2019, Board meeting, John Grady was sworn in as Deputy Chief. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
by Jennifer Yos

LANSING, Ill. (May 29, 2019) – At the May 7, 2019, Village Board meeting, Firefighter John Grady was sworn in as the Lansing Fire Department’s second Deputy Chief, returning to a fire department administration that includes two assistants to the chief. Deputy Chief Mike Templeman currently serves and has served as Deputy Fire Chief since 2015. He has been in charge of day-to-day operations, equipment, and EMS.

According to Fire Chief Chad Kooyenga, Templeman plans to retire mid-summer, but Deputy Chief Grady ‘s appointment, was not effected to take Templeman’s place. Instead, the Lansing Fire Department intends to maintain two Deputy Fire Chiefs, one for operations, fulfilling duties that Templeman currently fulfills, and one for training, for which Grady was hired.

Lansing Fire Chief Chad Kooyenga believes that a return to two deputy chiefs will fill in all the gaps for any weaknesses in training.

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Jennifer Yos grew up on Walter Street in Lansing with nine siblings. She attended St. Ann’s School and T.F. South, and she earned a BA in the Teaching of English from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a MS in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Francis, Joliet. For 34 years she taught English, as well as Creative Writing and Drama, at Lincoln-Way High School. She dabbled in freelance journalism for the Joliet Herald News Living section. Now retired, Jennifer appreciates the opportunity to write for The Lansing Journal and is uplifted by the variety of positive people she has already met who are making a difference in Lansing.