Joe Corl sworn in as chief of Cherry Valley Fire Protection District

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CHERRY VALLEY, Ill. ( WIFR) -- Cherry Valley officially has a new fire chief who has been keeping us safe for decades.

After a 28 year career with the Rockford Fire Department division chief Joe Corl is leaving one role to accept another as the fire chief of the Cherry Valley Fire Protection District.

At chief Corl's swearing in ceremony this evening dozens of coral's friend family mentors and past and present co-workers packed the district station. Chief Coral says the first things on the docket will be replacing some equipment, a maintenance program and working hard on recruiting part time fire-fighters.

"I will say there was a lot of people here and I will say when there's a lot of people here to see you it makes you feel real good. All your friends and family coming to see you in this moment it's a very proud moment in my life."

District Chief Michele Pankow a 24 year veteran of the Rockford Fire Department has been named the new division chief of operations for the Rockford Fire Department.