2022 Marty Leoni Award Winner
Evanston Fire Department Honors ETHS Student Charlie Kremin with Marty Leoni Award
EVANSTON, IL - On November 1, Evanston Township High School student Charlie Kremin was recognized by Evanston Fire Department's Local 742 as this year's Marty Leoni Award recipient, receiving a $2,000 scholarship to be applied towards college educational expenses.
The scholarship was created in 1986 in honor and memory of Marty F. Leoni by his family, friends, and fellow firefighters. Marty was born and raised in Evanston and became a firefighter for the City of Evanston on March 2, 1981. He died in the line of duty at a fire at 1927 Jackson St. in Evanston on July 22, 1985, while trying to save an infant trapped inside a burning structure.
The scholarship is awarded annually by an ETHS-led committee to one student who excels academically, has been an accomplished football player for a minimum of three years, and represents characteristics similar to Marty Leoni. These qualities include integrity, a demonstrated commitment to athletic and academic excellence, and service as a leader in their organization. The scholarship is intended to support the student's professional development, honoring Marty's legacy and pursuit of excellence.
Annual fundraising activities sponsored by Evanston Fire Department (EFD) Local 742 include an annual golf outing and Marty Leoni Fun Run. Since 1986, EFD Local 742 has awarded over $47,000 in academic scholarships. Former Division Chief Ronn Gannon, a 30-year veteran of Evanston Fire Department, said that Leoni was an exemplary member of the department and that "it would be a travesty if we forgot the sacrifice Marty and his family made on that dreadful day."
Gannon highlights the great efforts made by firefighters, friends, and family in honor of Marty Leoni, stating we will continue to fundraise and raise awareness of the everyday sacrifices firefighters make in their profession.
To donate to the Marty Leoni Memorial Fund, you can use the Zelle app and use phone number (847)910-7665.
Evanston Fire Explorer Program
The Evanston Fire Department will host an informational meeting for community members to learn more about its Fire Explorer Program on Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m., at the Evanston Fire Department Headquarters, 909 Lake Street.
The coed Fire Explorer Program launched in 2012, offering young adults from 14 to 20 years old the opportunity to work and learn from Evanston Fire Department professionals. The program meets twice a month for approximately two hours at one of the five Evanston Fire stations.
Throughout the program, participants learn about emergency protocols, firefighting procedures, and department policies, while gaining hands-on experience with real life fire and emergency medical equipment.
To learn more about the Fire Explorer Program, visit our website or join us on Wednesday at Fire Department Headquarters. If unable to attend, please contact Captain Megan Kamarchevakul for more information.
Congrats New Local #742 Member
Congrats to Local 742’s newest member, Enrique Gonzalez, on his graduation from NIPSTA’s Fire Academy. He’s pictured here (2nd from left) with some of his fellow graduates who are members of other Locals. Candidate Gonzalez’s road to becoming an Evanston Firefighter/Paramedic is just beginning. Next, he’ll start his candidate year on shift for the Evanston Fire Department. His first year will focus on training on all of the skills he’s learned in academy, along with some new ones special to the Evanston Fire Department. As he progresses, he’ll be tested on them to ensure he’s fully grasping them, and growing as a Firefighter. If he successfully completes his year of Candidacy, he’ll become an Evanston Firefighter. Following that first year, he’ll go to Paramedic school, where he’ll learn all the medical skills required of an Evanston Firefighter/Paramedic. While it will be a busy, and sometimes tough first few years, Enrique has the full support of the entire Local 742! Best of luck Candidate Gonzalez, we’re looking forward to helping you learn, grow, and succeed!
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