Arlington Heights promotes fire department battalion chiefs

The Arlington Heights Fire Department promoted two people from within its ranks to battalion chief, a position responsible for oversight of one of three different 24-hour shifts.

Mayor Tom Hayes swore in Ron Fraider and John Carpenter at this week's village board meeting. Both joined the department in 1994 and rose through the ranks as firefighters/paramedics and lieutenants. They replace Tom Zerfass, who recently retired, and Andrew Larson, who was promoted in December to deputy chief upon the retirement of Bernie Lyons.

Arlington Heights' third battalion chief is Bill Essling.

In place of Fraider and Carpenter, Matthew Yegge and Andrew Benkert were promoted from firefighters to lieutenants.

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