HEBRON – The Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District will have a new chief May 1.
Thomas Linneman was appointed by the district’s board of trustees last week and will be moving up from his current role as assistant chief to oversee the 30 firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics in the department.
The 33-year-old is a lifelong Hebron resident and started with the department as an explorer, he said. In 2000, he became an EMT and worked his way up the ranks.
The dedicated people at the volunteer fire district and community support are what has kept him with the district for so long, he said.
“For the small budget that we have, we provide very good service to our members and our community,” Linneman said.
Eventually, Linneman said he hopes to bring back the district’s explorer post to develop young firefighters. He said the program dissolved the past few years because of a lack of interest.
Linneman also works for the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department as a firefighter/paramedic.
Chief Scott Mullis said he is resigning from his position to spend more time with his family and explore working more in the private sector.
He’s been the chief for almost five years, and also works as a full-time firefighter at the Hoffman Estates Fire Department.
Mullis said Linneman was the natural choice for the chief position, and he’s a good decision-maker who is well-respected by the community and department.
“You can’t find a more dedicated bunch,” Mullis said of the Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District volunteers. “They come out and really do put their lives on the line, and they sacrifice their personal lives so they can basically take care of their town.”
Linneman said it hasn’t been determined who will fill the assistant chief position.