Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company mourns loss of retired firefighters as longtime firefighter transitions to chief
The Glen Ellyn flag is being flown at half-mast outside the Civic Center in remembrance of two retired Glen Ellyn firefighters who have passed away.
The village of Glen Ellyn announced Monday the passings of Fred Leonard and Rodney Pennington, who served the village for a combined total of more than 72 years.
Leonard was a member of the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company from 1957 until 1995, while Pennington served from 1976 until 2011.
Their passings come at a time of transition for the Fire Company, as 21-year volunteer firefighter Jeff Buccola becomes accustomed to his new role as chief.
Buccola became chief Nov. 9 after former chief Pete Campbell resigned from the position for personal reasons, Buccola said.
The current one-year term will end in April, but Buccola said he plans to run for the position again.
Both the chief and assistant chief positions are elected by members of the Volunteer Fire Company, typically through a floor nomination process, he said.
Buccola said he’s getting more used to the clerical and budgeting work involved with the chief position.
“I’m getting there,” he said. “It’s definitely a lot of work. It’s different from the everyday work of being a fireman.”
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