Fire Department

Members of the Fire Department


Chief_J._KruzanJoseph M. Kruzan, Jr.

Appointed: 11/1/2004

Chief Kruzan is a native to Northwest Indiana. Prior to being appointed Fire Chief he served with the City of Hammond (IN) Fire Department. Prior to that, he worked in Ohio. He entered the fire service career on September 11th, 1989. In 2008, he was named the Indiana Fire Chief of the Year.


Deputy Fire Chief

Deputy_Chief_R._PattersonRobert Patterson

Appointed: 7/5/1995

Deputy Chief Patterson was appointed Deputy Chief in December of 2004. Prior to his appointment to the Schererville Fire Department, he served on the Dyer Volunteer Fire Department from 1991 – 1996. DC Patterson is second in command and oversees the Operations and Maintenance Divisions.



Assistant Fire Chief

Assistant_Chief_MeyerDavid Meyer

Appointed: 11/1/96

Assistant Chief Meyer was promoted to his position in June of 2013. AC Meyer oversees the Training Division.



Battalion Chief

Battalion_Chief_W._HoweBill Howe 

Appointed: 4/4/1984

Battalion Chief Howe was promoted to his position in January of 2013. He is a second generation Schererville Firefighter following in his father’s footsteps. BC Howe is also the most senior member of the department and oversees the Fire Prevention / Inspection Division.




Captain_A._NiemiecAdam Niemiec 

Appointed: 6/4/2001

Captain Niemiec was promoted to his position in January of 2010. He works on the Red (second turn) Shift. Prior to working for Schererville, he was with the Lake Hills (IN) Volunteer Fire Department.




Captain_J._KonicekJoseph Konicek

Appointed: 9/1/2006

Captain Konicek was promoted to his position in June of 2013. He works on the Gold (third turn) Shift. Prior to working for Schererville, he was with the South Holland (IL) Fire Department.




Captain_S._WaterstraatSteven Waterstraat

Appointed: 12/13/2008

Captain Waterstraat was promoted to his position in February of 2015. He works on the Black (first turn) Shift. Prior to working for Schererville, he was with the United States Army.




Lieutenant_FerrantellaNatalie Ferrantella

Appointed: 3/1/2005

Lieutenant Ferrantella was promoted to her position in February of 2013. She works Red (second turn) Shift. Both her husband and son are firefighters.



Non-Officers Name Appointed Notes
Firefighter/EMT George Michels 7/5/1995 Inspector
Firefighter/EMT Mark Semethy 11/1/1988  
Firefighter/EMT Aaron  9/1/1997 Inspector
Firefighter/EMT Ron Bugg 5/3/2000  
Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Fanelli 3/1/2005  
Firefighter Tim Hunt 3/1/2005  
Firefighter/Paramedic Danny Dever 10/1/2005  
Firefighter/Paramedic Ron Blythe 10/1/2006  
Firefighter/Paramedic Colin Hubbard 1/1/2007  
Firefighter/EMT Brent Belligio 12/13/2008  
Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Newell 12/13/2008    
Firefighter/Paramedic Terry Morgan 9/1/2009  
Firefighter/EMT Mike Schilling 9/1/2009  
Firefighter/EMT Joe Scibor 9/1/2009  
Firefighter/EMT Steve Sloan 9/1/2009  
Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Kodicek 9/1/2009  
Firefighter/EMT Dan Michels 11/23/2009  
Firefighter/Paramedic Casey McClusky 4/25/10  
Firefighter/Paramedic Tom McCauley 4/25/10  
Firefighter/Paramedic Alex Belligio 10/1/2010  
Firefighter/Paramedic Josh Dildine 10/1/2010  
Firefighter/Paramedic Wayne Swart 10/1/2010  
Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Oldenburg 12/1/2010  
Firefighter/Paramedic Jon Gettemans 7/25/2011  
Firefighter/Paramedic Kristy Stucky 7/25/11  
Firefighter/Paramedic Steve Tepper 8/1/2011  
Firefighter/EMT Eric Johnson 6/1/2012  
Firefighter/Paramedic Tom Walters 10/15/2012  
Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Oxford 10/15/2012  
Firefighter/Paramedic Darrell Robinson 4/1/2013  
Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Stucky 5/9/2013  
Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Laney 5/9/2013  
Firefighter/EMT Joe Rhoades 5/9/2013  
Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Sella 5/9/2013  
Firefighter/EMT John Gill 5/9/2013  
Firefighter/EMT Daniel Vasilak 6/17/2013  
Firefighter/EMT David Hansen 6/17/2013  
Firefighter/EMT Jeff Kish 6/17/2013  
Firefighter/EMT Marc Radovich 6/17/2013  
Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Semethy 9/16/2013  
Firefighter/Paramedic Jeff Marsack 12/12/2013  
Firefighter/EMT Jody Taylor 6/16/2014  
Firefighter/Paramedic Beau Leimbach 6/16/2014  
Firefighter/EMT Bryan Sons 6/16/2014  
Firefighter/Paramedic Brain DeGrauwe 10/9/2014  
Firefighter/EMT Jeremy Golec 2/23/2015  
Firefighter/EMT David Bultema 2/23/2015  
Firefighter/EMT Drake Cogley 2/23/2015  
Firefighter/EMT Mike Cummins 2/23/2015  
Firefighter/Paramedic Esteban Gamez 2/23/2015  
Firefighter/EMT Ben Rosenfeldt 2/23/2015  
Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Maloney 4/13/15