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Mayor of Crete and Deputy Fire Chief, Mike Einhorn, celebrated 50 years of service in the fire department on December 5, 2022.

Deputy Chief Michael Einhorn cuts the cake at the open house event in his honor.

“It sort of just creeps up on you, I guess,” Mr. Einhorn said, while cutting the cake at the open house event at Fire Station 1 the following day.

Crete Fire Chief James Muirhead and Crete Fire Captain Jim Boehner

“It’s an incredible feat. Very few people can claim that,” Crete Fire Chief, James Muirhead said.

“A mark that’s not reached by many people,” Crete Fire Captain, Jim Boehner added.

Mr. Einhorn in his 1968 Crete-Monee Highschool yearbook photo

After graduating from Crete-Monee Highschool in 1968, and earning a degree in industrial management from Purdue University in 1972, Mr. Einhorn joined the Crete Fire Department at the age of 22.

Another photo of Mr. Einhorn from the 1968 Crete-Monee Highschool yearbook

“I had a friend, and his dad was on the fire department. And he got to go up to the fire station, and I always was kind of envious. And I thought, well, there’s one way to get on the inside and that’s join the department.”

Crete mayor and Deputy Fire Chief Michael Einhorn at the December 6, 2022 open house event.

In 1976, fire fighter Einhorn went to EMT school, and in 1979, he earned an additional degree in fire science. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1980.

Fire fighter Einhorn being promoted to Lieutenant in 1980 – second from right.

“It was an intriguing position. Back then we only had 110 calls a year, so if you missed a call, you really missed a call,” Deputy Einhorn said.

Lt. Einhorn graduating from the Ingalls Hospital paramedic training program in 1980

Lt. Einhorn was also among the first paramedics to be trained for the department, graduating from Ingalls Hospital, and winning the ‘Silver Stethoscope’, as the second highest achiever.

Michael Einhorn is sworn in as mayor of Crete in 1985

In 1985, Captain Einhorn was sworn in as Mayor of Crete, taking over for 16-year-incumpent Roland Christopher.

“Everyone was like ‘you made it, you made it, you became mayor,’ and I’m like, ‘oh wow’, it was kind of neat,” Mr. Einhorn said.

Mayor Einhorn attends the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Shell Gas station at 394 and Steger Road in 1989

In 1989, mayor Einhorn attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Shell Gas station at 394 and Steger Rd. And, later that year, he married Sheila Fehland.

Later in 1989, Michael Einhorn marries Sheila Fehland

Crossing into the new millennium, Mr. Einhorn became assistant chief and then deputy chief, and says today that he is far from retirement.

Crete Fire Department portrait of Michael Einhorn

“As long as I’m heathy, and I can transition to the management end of it, which is really what I like to do,” Chief Einhorn said.

“He’s still going, and not slowing down. 50 years and he is still going strong,” Chief Muirhead added.

“I figured out that Chief Einhorn has responded to over 12,000 calls during his 50 years of service,” Captain Boehner said.

Crete Fire Chief Muirhead reads resolution at village board meeting

At the December 12 village board meeting, Chief Muirhead surprised the mayor by reading an official resolution, recognizing his 50 years of service.

The village board listens to Chief Muirhead read the resolution, honoring Michael Einhorn

“This is a resolution honoring and thanking Deputy Chief Michael Einhorn. He has served Crete’s Fire Department with pride, integrity, bravery and passion,” part of the resolution read.

Deputy Chief Michael Einhorn receives a standing ovation from the village board

After Chief Muirhead finished reading the resolution, Mr. Einhorn received a standing ovation from the entire village board.

“I really appreciate that. This certainly wasn’t expected,” Mr. Einhorn said. “I just try to do what I can to add to the operation. A lot of times I probably put the fire department above other things in life. I appreciate you recognizing it,” he said.

“He’s probably one of the best tactical firemen that I know,” Chief Muirhead said. “If you want to talk tactics, he’s the man to talk to. He knows how to put a fire out and he has influenced a lot of people with his tactics and how he does things.”

“Chief Einhorn spends a great deal of time making sure that our training program is sufficient and he is very much aware of the needs of the fire service,” Captain Jim Boehner said. “He has seen a lot of changes and he is still extremely active, and very few people can reach that milestone.”

Michael Einhorn as Deputy Chief of the Crete Fire Department

“I’m most proud of the department that I’m on,” Deputy Chief Einhorn said. “A lot of guys got trained going through here, and I think that I was a part of that, at least I think I was, and I think that’s a big thing.”

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