Excerpts from centralillinoisproud.com:

The Peoria Fire Department has started a new Fire Chaplain Program to add support to their firefighters and the Peoria area community.

Pastor William Preston has been named Lead Fire Chaplain for the department. His duties include adding emotional support to the firefighters and the communities in a time of hardship. The goal is to have one chaplain assigned to each of the twelve fire stations in Peoria, eleven positions have already been filled.

The firefighters are welcome to talk to their chaplains about anything from a bad day at work to trauma they may have suffered on the job, and the chaplains will also serve the community by responding to accidents to support the victims.

The new program is an opportunity to provide extra support to firefighters in a physically and mentally demanding job so they can better serve their communities.

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