Bloomingdale firefighter 'shocked' by statewide honor

  • Bloomingdale Battalion Chief Jeff Janus, left, receives the Instructor of the Year helmet from the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors. The helmet was presented by Forest Reeder, Des Plaines Fire Department's chief of training and safety and last year's winner.

    Bloomingdale Battalion Chief Jeff Janus, left, receives the Instructor of the Year helmet from the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors. The helmet was presented by Forest Reeder, Des Plaines Fire Department's chief of training and safety and last year's winner. Courtesy of Jeff Janus

 
 
Posted10/25/2012 4:00 PM

It's a rare situation that can stun Jeff Janus. As a battalion chief with the Bloomingdale Fire Protection District, Janus is accustomed to working under extremely high-pressure conditions. This month, however, Janus found himself "completely shocked" when he received word that the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors named him Fire Instructor of the Year. "I'm still trying to wrap my head around it," Janus said.

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