Fire Department


Deputy_Chief_R._PattersonFire Chief Robert Patterson

Appointed: 7/5/1995

Chief Patterson was appointed to the role of Fire Chief in February 2018. He previously served as Deputy Chief since December 2004. Prior to his appointment to the Schererville Fire Department, he served on the Dyer Volunteer Fire Department from 1991 – 1996.


Assistant_Chief_MeyerDeputy Chief David Meyer

Appointed: 11/1/96

Deputy Chief Meyer was appointed in March 2018. He was previously the assistant chief since June 2013. Deputy Chief Meyer oversees the Training Division and assists with running the day to day operation of the department.


Battalion_Chief_W._HoweBattalion Chief Bill 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. B/C Howe is the most senior member of the department. Bill is also a Fire Inspector and Fire Investigator. He is in charge of the Red Shift (second turn).


Captain_A._NiemiecBattalion Chief Adam Niemiec 

Appointed: 6/4/2001

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


Battalion Chief Aaron Anderson

Appointed: 3/2017
Aaron was hired in 1997. Aaron has served in numerous capacities. He is one of the department Fire Inspectors and Fire Investigator. He is in charge of the Black Shift (first turn).

Captain_J._KonicekCaptain Joseph Konicek

Appointed: 9/1/2006

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


Captain_S._WaterstraatCaptain Steven 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.



Captain Jon Gettemans

Appointed: 3/2017
Jon was hired in July 2012. Before joining the Fire Department, Jon served in the Army.  He is on the Gold Shift (third turn).

Lieutenant_FerrantellaLieutenant Natalie 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.



Lieutenant Jason Oxford

Appointed: 10/2017
Jason started with the department in October 2013. He is assigned the Black Shift (first turn).

Lieutenant Dan Vasilak

Appointed: 6/2013
Dan was promoted to Lieutenant in January of 2019. Prior to working for Schererville, he worked as a firefighter at US Steel in Gary. Dan is assigned to Red Shift (second turn). 

Non-Officers Name Appointed
Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Fanelli 3/1/2005
Firefighter Tim Hunt 3/1/2005
Firefighter/Paramedic Ron Blythe 10/1/06
Firefighter/Paramedic Colin Hubbard 1/1/07
Firefighter/EMT Brent Belligio 12/13/08
Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Newell 12/13/08
Firefighter/EMT Mike Schilling 9/1/09
Firefighter/Paramedic Alex Belligio 10/1/10
Firefighter/Paramedic Josh Dildine 10/1/10
Firefighter/Paramedic Wayne Swart 10/1/10
Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Oldenburg 12/1/10
Firefighter/EMT Eric Johnson 6/1/12
Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Laney 5/9/13
Firefighter/EMT Joe Rhoades 5/9/13
Firefighter/EMT Jon Gill 5/9/13
Firefighter/EMT David Hansen 6/17/13
Firefighter/EMT Jeff Kish 6/17/13
Firefighter/EMT Marc Radovich 6/17/13
Firefighter/Paramedic Jeff Marsack 12/12/13
Firefighter/EMT Jody Taylor 6/16/14
Firefighter/EMT Bryan Sons 6/16/14
Firefighter/EMT Jeremy Golec 2/23/15
Firefighter/EMT Mike Cummins 2/23/15
Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Maloney 4/13/15
Firefighter/Paramedic Andrea Zickmund 10/12/15
Firefighter/EMT Steven Gressmire 10/12/15
Firefighter/EMT Andre Matthews 10/12/15
Firefighter/EMT Phil Hasier 10/12/15
Firefighter/EMT Nick Richards 11/7/15
Firefighter/EMT Valentino Trevino 2/1/16
Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Durak 2/15/16
Firefighter/Paramedic Anthony Flynn 1/29/17
Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Noto 1/29/17
Firefighter/Paramedic John Rosenfeldt 1/29/17
Firefighter/EMT Allison Semethy 1/29/17
Firefighter/Paramedic Joseph Porcaro 10/1/17
Firefighter/EMT Vuk Jovanovic 10/1/17
Firefighter/EMT Dustin Millis 10/1/17
Firefighter/EMT Robert Walhman 2/25/18
Firefighter/Paramedic Tyler Brown 6/10/18
Firefighter/EMT Tom Markovich 6/10/18
Firefighter/Paramedic Megan Tolnay 6/10/18
Firefighter/EMT Don Prater 6/10/18
Firefighter/EMT Tom Westbury 6/10/18
Firefighter/EMT Tyler White 9/23/18
Firefighter/EMT Bryce Czepinski 11/11/18
Firefighter/EMT Dave Perry 11/11/18