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Mundelein fire chief retires

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Wearing his dress uniform, Mundelein Fire Chief Tim Sashko bid farewell to the firefighters under his command Thursday in a traditional walkout ceremony.  Sashko, 56, is leaving his hometown department after seven years as its leader. He has been hired as the executive director of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.

Firefighters from Fox Lake, Grayslake, Long Grove, and other communities attended the event. About 100 local residents, elected officials, volunteers and other people were in the audience, too.

Thursday’s ceremony was a solemn one. The members of the department stood in formation on one side of the bay, joined by the visiting firefighters and chiefs.

A lone bagpiper, Chicago firefighter Dave Johnson, played the pipes as Sashko and his wife, Jennifer, entered the bay for the ceremony. Deputy Chief Tim Leidig spoke about the various firefighting traditions and the importance of a chief’s walkout.

“It is every firefighter’s goal to walk out with pride and in the same condition he walked in,” explained Leidig, who takes over as interim chief.

Afterward, Sashko inspected his firefighters one last time, shaking hands and sharing hugs as he walked the length of the bay.

… his sons, Mundelein firefighter Brad Sashko and Naperville firefighter Kevin Sashko [presented him with a commerorative flag].

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Mundelein fire chief retiring

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Mundelein Fire Chief Tim Sashko, who came to the department as chief in 2007, will leave the department at the end of the week for a post with a statewide industry group. Sashko, 56, will take over as executive director of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, an organization with which he’s worked closely for years.

In Mundelein, Sashko developed a community emergency response team for disaster planning and relief, helped rewrite the village’s emergency operations plan and created the village’s first citizens fire academy. He also was instrumental in the acquisition and restoration of the village’s first fire truck, an effort that coincided with the village’s centennial in 2009.

A traditional walkout ceremony for Sashko will be held next week at the main fire station. It was delayed so that his two sons, who are firefighters in Mundelein and Naperville, could attend.

Deputy Chief Tim Leidig will serve as interim chief until a permanent replacement is named. Lobaito said he hopes officials will be able to make that decision by August or September.

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