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Crete Fire Department lieutenants Keith Kerness and Michael Sunzere took the oath of office at the Village board meeting on Monday night.

“One has been promoted about six months ago, but due to covid we couldn’t get together and have an official oath of office, and the other was promoted about three weeks ago,” said Crete Fire Chief Michael Waterman.

Lt. Kerness joined the department in 2019 and Lt. Sunzere joined in 2018. According to Chief Waterman, both men were chosen for the promotion after showing consistent leadership abilities.

“With everything kind of settling down a little bit, I felt tonight was a good night to get these gentlemen in and get the board to meet some of the future of our fire department,” Chief Waterman said.

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