Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Countryside Fire Protection District promoted two members at a ceremony during the district’s Board of Trustees meeting on May 18th. 

Lieutenant Jim Weber was promoted to battalion chief. Jim joined the department in 1992 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2003. He has served as a member of dive team, a fire investigator, CPR instructor, and on the firefighter pension board. He recently was assigned as the medical officer for fire district.

Firemedic Mark Skala was promoted to lieutenant. Mark joined the department in 1998 as a paid on call firefighter. He became a career member of the department in 2003. He is a member of the Lake County Specialized Response Team as a rescue technician, has been an active maintaining the district’s tools and equipment, and assisting with fire safety education.

The promotions come on the heels of Battalion Chief Brian Garrity’s retirement after 28 years of service to the Countryside Fire Protection District.