Rockford's Fire Department Promotes Ten Members

By: Stephen Johnson
By: Stephen Johnson

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It was a special day for members of Rockford’s Fire Department, including newly appointed District Chief Greg Castronovo.

"I'm excited for the challenges of the new position. I've been on for 25 years and you kind of have to choose whether or not early on in your career if this is the path you want to choose and it was for pretty much everyone here today”, says Castronovo.

From district chief to 911 supervisor, Rockford’s Fire Department promoted 10 of its staff in a promotion ceremony at Rockford’s NIU campus.

Chief Derek Bergsten says today marked one of the largest ceremonies in recent years and that the promotion opportunities Rockford offers is something that sets it apart from other cities.

Bergsten says, "That's what keeps our fire department being so vital and on the cutting edge for a great organization. We do have this movement that keeps things moving and gives people drive and determination to get those ranks and it keeps your organization fresh."

Bergsten says because there were no new hires and only promotions, no changes will be made to the department's budget. As for the task at hand, the newly appointed staff knows what's ahead of them.

Castronovo says, "We must provide the best service we can give them. That goes from Chief Bergsten down to all of the firefighters working on every rig in the city. Our goal is excellent service and we provide that every day to the citizens of Rockford."

Father William Wentink, the police and fire chaplain was also honored at the ceremony. He is retiring this December after serving more than 40 years as head chaplain for the departments.

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