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Crete Fire Deputy Chief Einhorn 50 Years of Service

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.”

Santa Sleigh Parade & Fundraiser

Santa Sleigh Parade & Fundraiser Starts

The annual Crete Santa Sleigh Parade is back December 5 and 6.

Escorted by lights and siren from Crete’s finest and bravest, Santa and his Elves will collect non-perishable food and monetary donations for the Crete food pantry, and new, unwrapped toys for Angels on Assignment.

Please place donations on the curb for collection along the parade route, or hand them directly to Santa and his Elves when they come by. Please make checks payable to Crete Food Pantry.

Weather permitting, Santa will visit the downtown Crete area on Monday, December 5, and the Lincolnshire/Swiss Valley area on Tuesday, December 6, scheduled to take off from Crete Public Works at 5̶P̶M̶  6PM. Weather may cause schedule to change, check the Crete Country Christmas Facebook page for updates.

View maps of the parade route:
Monday – The downtown Crete area
Tuesday – Lincolnshire / Swiss Valley area

You can also track Santa LIVE as he departs Crete Public Works, to see when he’s close to your area.


Crete PD vs FD – The Sandwich War

Cops Vs Firefighters – who has the best sandwich?

The Police Chief Frisco Melt vs the Fire Chief Dijon Burger. Available only from Wood’s Corner during the month of September. And at the end of the month, the sandwich with most sales wins the competition.

If cops win, the Fire Chief might be crossing guard for a day. If firefighters win, the Police Chief has to gear up and put out a fire.

Head down to Wood’s Corner and buy your favorite before the end of September. Located at 1403 Main St, Crete, IL 60417 · (708) 279-7934

Thank you to Barb Dorman for organizing the event. More details at:

New Crete Fire Chief

The Crete Village Hall was packed with people at the board meeting on Monday night, as 52-year-old James Muirhead was administered the oath of office by Village Clerk Deborah Bachert, becoming the new fire chief of Crete.

“I’m looking forward to Crete. It’s a has a great reputation,” Chief Muirhead said on Monday night.

The position of Crete Fire Chief became available when former Chief Michael Waterman retired in early April of this year.

Chief Muirhead started his career 33 years ago, as a paid-on-call firefighter for Matteson Fire Department. In 1993 he moved to Crete and the Crete Township Fire Protection District, where he spent eleven years and attained the rank of lieutenant. He also worked at Riverdale Fire Department, serving as their deputy chief for three years.

“I’ve known JP for a long time. He’s a quality guy and I have very high hopes and expectations that he will do a very good job for the village,” Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn said.

I’m super excited. I’ve known the Crete guys for years, growing up in Crete and being a previous member of the Crete Township Fire Department. I’m looking forward to working with them. The biggest thing I’m hoping to do is to keep things safe, because that is the utmost importance,” Crete Fire Chief James Muirhead said on Monday.

Employment Opportunity – Fire Chief

The Village of Crete (population 8,465 covering 10 square miles) is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Fire Chief/Fire Administrator.  This is a full time position that requires a variety of knowledge, skills, education, and abilities necessary to lead a department that currently utilizes contract firefighter/PMs, part-time firefighter PM’s and EMT’s as well as Paid on Call employees of varying certifications to meet the needs of the community that it serves.

Job Qualifications:  The applicant must be well versed in dealing with a combination style department.  It is imperative that the candidate have excellent “people skills” and will need to have the talents to operate in a small department culture requiring flexibility, innovation, and forward thinking.

Education:  An Associate’s Degree in Fire Science or similar credentials is desired as well as a significant amount of actual fire ground and department management experience.  The applicant must be an EMT or Paramedic in good standing and licensed in the State of Illinois.  All other related training and relevant credentials should be included with the submission.

Experience:  The applicant should have good working knowledge/experience with principles and practices of organization, administration, budgets, personnel management, and fire ground tactics and management.  The applicant must have outstanding verbal and written communication skills as they will be looked at as a leader with the goals of the Department and Village in mind.  They must also be an innovative thinker and problem solver who can adapt to this fast and ever changing climate.

Training:  The applicant should also be a skilled instructor and communicator, as chief officers are required to provide training on a regular basis as well as provide direction and guidance to the staff.

Additional Responsibilities:  The Chief also oversees the Fire Inspector, assists in providing fire prevention training, safety inspections and fire code enforcement.  They will be the face of the Fire Department and Village to the public and will interact with the Crete Village Board, Village Administrator, EMA, Police Department, Public Works, and other local units of government and civic organizations.  They will also be involved with various other fire related organizations including regional dispatch services.  The Chief is also responsible for assisting in planning for the future needs of the Department and the Village, and for the care and maintenance of all fire department related equipment.  The Chief also assists in budget preparation and coordinates and maintains resources for emergency responses.

Compensation and Benefits:  The Village is prepared to offer a comprehensive and competitive salary and benefits package to the successful candidate based on qualifications and experience.


The Crete Fire Department (CFD) is a municipal fire department organized in 1889 to meet the fire protection needs of the Village of Crete.  The Department now provides emergency services, which includes fire protection, rescue services, emergency medical services, hazardous materials emergency response, and related services for the protection of life and property.  During the last calendar year, the Department responded to 1,956 calls for service, 16% of which were mutual aid responses.  The Department staffs each of its two stations with a full time contract FF/Paramedic and a part time Firefighter/EMT.  They are supplemented by a small staff of paid on call members.  Equipment includes two engines, one squad/engine, three ambulances and several utility and staff vehicles.  The applicant must be well versed in dealing with individuals of varying abilities, personalities, education and skill levels and must have excellent “people skills.”  The applicant will need to have the talents to operate in a small department culture which requires flexibility and innovation within a tight budget.  The incoming Fire Chief/Administrator must live within a reasonable response distance of the Village, or be willing to relocate shortly after hire.  The current compensation salary for the Fire Chief is $80,000 annually and is considered as a base for the new Chief.  The Village offers a normal benefits package including IMRF Retirement, 10 paid holidays per year, shared cost medical/dental/vision insurance for the employee and their dependents, term life insurance fully paid by the Village for the employee, and vacation time accrues based on length of service.

Interested parties should submit their resume, certifications and statement of qualifications by one of the following methods:

By mail: Village of Crete, Fire Chief Position Application P.O. Box 337 Crete IL 60417-0337
In person: Crete Village Hall 524 W Exchange Street Crete IL 6017
By email:

This employment opportunity will remain open until a qualified candidate is chosen.

Crete Fire Chief to Retire

Crete Fire Chief Michael Waterman announced on Wednesday that he will retire on April 4th.

“There comes a time to open a new chapter in your life and say to yourself it’s time to take care of you and your family. After 36 plus great years in the fire service it’s time to say fair well. I have made more friends then I can name and worked with the best people in the world,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

“I am opening a new chapter and for those of you in and around Beecher you will still see me quite often. I am going to remain as a trustee at the Beecher Fire District and will be around the Hack-Jensen funeral home a whole lot more,” he added.

Crete Prepares for Snowstorm

Crete Fire Chief Mike Waterman said on Monday that the Village of Crete would put additional measures in place to prepare for the upcoming snowstorm.
“The Village of Crete, the Crete Fire Department, the Crete Police Department, Crete Public Works and Crete Emergency Management Agency (EMA), we all met this morning in preparation for the upcoming snowstorm,” Chief Waterman said.
According to, a ‘winter storm watch’ is in effect from Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon, with anticipated snow accumulation from 5 to 15 inches.
“We called in extra personnel for the fire station, and all department heads are coordinating to provide emergency services if necessary,” Chief Waterman said.
Compared to previous years, Crete has seen relatively mild snowfall so far, with only minor impact on travel.
“Motorists have been very careful, and we haven’t seen major incidents so far. We encourage everyone to continue being careful the next couple days,” Chief Waterman added.

Crete Gets 6 AEDs Via Grant

Thanks to a grant application submitted by Crete Fire Captain Jim Boehner, the department was able to secure funding for six Automated External Defibrillator (AED) units.

The base AED model is designed to be user-friendly and provide emergency care for individuals experiencing an irregular heart rhythm, which could result in cardiac arrest. This unit has been installed at Crete Village Hall, and staff have been trained to used it.

“If somebody comes in for Village business and something happens, the staff can start care before we get there, in case we’re out on a call,” Crete Fire Chief Michael Waterman said.

The grant also covers an additional five, more advanced devices:

“For our first line suppression equipment and utility vehicles, and it allows us to actually monitor the cardiac rhythm the patient is in. That will allow our first responders to get an idea what is happening,” said Crete Fire Captain, Jim Boehner.

AED equipment is typically only found in ambulances, which may not always arrive first at the scene. With AEDs available to first responders, precious minutes can be allocated to diagnosing and treating patients, according to Chief Waterman:

“Deploying defibrillation and CPR quickly, increases patient survival rate and that’s what we want to accomplish.”

Check Furnace Exhaust Pipes

From the Illinois State Fire Marshal, via Crete Fire Department:

“As the cold winter air has settled in across Illinois it’s important to make sure your furnace exhaust and intake pipes are clear or snow and ice. If there is ice blocking the pipe, this can cause CO to build up in your home. Take a few minutes, bundle up, and head out to inspect your home. A few minutes today could prevent a tragedy from occurring!”

Automated External Defibrillator

A new Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, has been installed at the Village front office, according to Crete Fire Department Chief Waterman. The AED is a portable electronic device that diagnoses life-threatening cardiac related conditions and can treat them through defibrillation. Chief Waterman also extended a special thanks to Crete Fire Department Captain Jim Boehner for his work on this project.

Crete Fire Department Open House is back!

Don’t forget: Crete Fire Department Open House is this Friday! Tour the station, check out the trucks, meet the firefighters, see the Superior medivac helicopter at 6PM (weather permitting) and feast on delicious pulled pork dinners. Oct 1st. 4-7:30PM at 524 W Exchange St. in Crete.

Don't forget: Crete Fire Department Open House is back – This Friday! Tour the station, check out the trucks, meet the…

Posted by Village of Crete on Thursday, September 30, 2021