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|Galesburg Fire Chief Moves On
|POSTED 4:12pm 7/7/09, UPDATED 6:00am 7/8/09 Galesburg's top firefighter will be carrying some fond memories with him into a new role that will see him leaving city service.
Fire Chief John Cratty will be retiring at the end of next month, but will instead work with the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, or MABAS, to help come up with solutions to problems that arise when mutual aid has to cross state borders in the region to help.
Cratty tells WGIL he will miss a lot of things about his 30 years as a firefighter, half of that time as chief, but most of all, he says he'll miss the people. "The staff here at the Galesburg Fire Department is an excellent staff," Cratty said. "We would not have the successes we've had, not only in combatting some of the fires that we've had to face, but also in some of the planning and the training and the Fremont Street Fire Station relocation that we had, without those people."
In fact, Cratty says it was that factor along with the fact that he says he still loves his job, that made it hard to step away.
But he says the good news is that he'll not be leaving Galesburg, and will be based out of his home.
Cratty is also stepping down as Knox County Emergency Management Coordinator -- Cratty says that is something that has yet to be worked out.
An interim replacement for Cratty at the Fire Department is expected in the next few weeks.
(Retiring Galesburg Fire Chief John Cratty supervised the efforts to put out the fire at the Galesburg Econo Inn June 12, 2009. WGIL News File Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|07 08 09 by Newsroom
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