LA GRANGE – As the village honored Fire Chief Bill Bryzgalski on the recent announcement of his upcoming retirement, President Livingston described the chief as "one of the most beloved and respected members" of the village's management team.
"He's been solid, he's been honest, he's been responsive and he's been the epitome of service," Livingston said.
Chief Bryzgalski's retirement – announced at Monday's board meeting – will be effective as of July 11.
"I walked in the door July 2, 1984 and never regretted a day," Bryzgalski said. "It's the greatest job you can ever ask for."
During the board meeting, trustee Bill Holder described Chief Bryzgalski as, not only a professional, but also the epitome of a leader.
"You've not only been an outstanding fireman and paramedic, but the way you've led a team versus managed it, has been of great service to this village and to your team," Holder said. "You leave [the fire department] in great shape to continue into the future."
Looking ahead on retirement, Chief Bryzgalski said he plans to spend more time with his kids, travel with his wife and start crossing off items on his bucket list.
"This is a great village to work for," Bryzgalski said. "The staff and my staff are excellent. We have very professional people working here. We support each other and that's why we're successful … We work hard here and the outcome shows."