Captain John Seitz with the Galesburg Fire Department has been named the department’s Firefighter of the Year.
As a part of the honor he was awarded a plaque Friday by Fire Chief Tom Simkins.
Captain Seitz is a graduate of Canton High School and earn a bachelor’s at the University of Iowa followed by an Associates in Applied Fire Science from Illinois Central College.
In addition to his duties in Galesburg, Seitz is a Certified Fire Investigator by the International Association of Arson Investigators and by the state Fire Marshal.
Seitz has been with the Galesburg Fire Department for nearly 14 years, and has been a part of fire analysis and consulting firm, FireTech out of East Peoria.
He follows Joe Brignall who was giving Galesburg’s Firefighter of the Year honor last year.