LOCKPORT – Five members of the Lockport Township Fire District were promoted at a ceremony on Wednesday to celebrate them.
The board of trustees and board President David Palya announced the promotions via a news release.
Deputy Chief Paul Hertzmann was promoted to fire chief. Hertzmann worked as the acting fire chief in August after Fire Chief David Skoryi retired after a 37-year career. The board of trustees appointed Hertzmann on Oct. 1. He began his career with the fire district in 1989 and has served in multiple capacities, including fire inspector, EMS coordinator, lieutenant, battalion chief and deputy chief.
Battalion Chief Ed Rossetto was promoted to deputy chief. Rossetto started with the fire district as a paid on-call and was hired full time in 1996. He’s served as a fire investigator, pension board member and as an insurance board member. He also has worked as a lieutenant, captain and battalion chief.
Capt. Mike Gale was promoted to battalion chief. Gale first started as a paid on-call and was hired full time in 1995. He was the longest-serving EMS coordinator of the district for 20 years. He will be the shift commander for Black Shift.
Lt. Mike Lopina was promoted to captain. Lopina started with the fire district in 2000 and has served as a fire inspector and is the coordinator for the district’s airport firefighting and rescue team.
James Kozek was promoted to lieutenant. Kozek joined the district in 2004. He is an instructor and mentor to many newer members of the fire academy.