Career Fire Chief
Edward Janke from Howard Fire Department
Career Chief of the Year, Ed Janke, is described as follows by Retired Assistant Fire Chief Don Phillips of Howard Fire Department:
"Chief Janke may be the most dedicated public safety professional I have had the pleasure to work with in my 34 years in public safety. He is a life-long learner and a quality person in many ways. He is intelligent, principled, and a person of true integrity. I believe his most significant assets are his communication and leadership abilities. Under his leadership, the Howard Fire Department has become one of the most respected fire agencies in this region. Additionally, Chief Janke has brought previously disparate local agencies together under an automatic aid agreement. He repeatedly demonstrates his ability to bring individuals and groups together for a common cause while his leadership qualities instill the highest level of professionalism in those around him."
Volunteer Fire Chief
Greg Hlinak from Kewaunee Fire Department
Volunteer Chief of the Year, Greg Hlinak, is described as follows by Assistant Fire Chief Paul Nimmer of Kewaunee Fire Department:
"I am honored to recommend Greg Hlinak for the prestigious WSFCA Fire Chief of the Year Award. I cannot think of a more qualified candidate to be honored in this way. As Kewaunee Assistant Chief, I believe that I can speak to Greg's skills and qualifications concerning this award.
I know that the award is given to candidates who are trustworthy and who have given back to the community. In so many ways, Greg has proven himself a worthy contender by earning trust amongst the people and firefighters of the community. I have yet to meet someone as selfless and hardworking as Greg and I know that his dedication to the fire service is absolute and unceasing."