NEW LENOX - Deputy Fire Chief Adam Riegel will become the New Lenox Fire Protection District's next fire chief.
Riegel will take over June 26 from retiring Chief Steve Engledow, who has led the department for three years.
"I feel very comfortable leaving the department in Adam's hands. I think he'll carry through on the recent projects we've undertaken and he'll be here for a long time to offer a lot of stability," Engledow said.
Riegel grew up in Bonfield, where his father was a volunteer with the Salina Township Fire Protection District.
"I've been involved (in fire service) since I was little. I've always enjoyed it and it has turned into a career," Riegel said.
Riegel became a Salina Township firefighter 17 years ago and was named chief in 2012. He plans to continue working for both departments.
"(Salina Township) is a volunteer district so the time requirements aren't as much," Riegel said.
Riegel started working at the New Lenox Fire Protection District in 2003 and was named Deputy Chief last year.
"I've come up through the ranks. I think New Lenox is a great community and the department is a great community, it's like a second family," said Riegel.
One of his projects will be finding ways to reduce the department's Insurance Service Organization rating, which will lower insurance premiums for residents and business owners.
Riegel is also the district's Pension Board President and serves as vice president on the board for the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, which coordinates assistance between different fire departments. He holds an associate's degree from Joliet Junior College and a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. In his free time, Riegel enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and farming.