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Posted on: January 8, 2021


McHenry Township Fire Protection District Fire Chief Tony Huemann is Retiring After 38 Years of Service.  New Fire Chief to be Sworn in on January 8, 2021.


The beginning of a new year will bring big changes for the McHenry Township Fire Protection District (MTFPD).  On Thursday, January 7, Fire Chief Tony Huemann will retire from the MTFPD after 38 years of fire service including the last 11 years as Fire Chief at MTFPD and Deputy Chief Rudy Horist will become the new Fire Chief.


In 2010 the MTFPD Board of Trustees created a succession plan for the District.  This plan included the hiring of Fire Chief Tony Huemann and Deputy Chief Rudy Horist in 2010, Deputy Chief Steven Spraker in 2015 and Deputy Chief Karen Bush in 2020.   The plan was to ensure leadership going forward and to continue the best possible service for the community.  


Fire Chief Huemann began his fire service career in MTFPD in 1983 as a Firefighter.  Over the course of the next 38 years he has held the ranks for Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Fire Chief and Deputy Chief of Operations before becoming the Fire Chief at MTFPD in 2010.  Since that time the District has continued to grow and evolve.  Fire Chief Huemann states “It’s because of the dedication, passion, and enthusiasm of our hardworking Firefighters and Paramedics that we have continued to provide excellent professional service to the citizens of our community.”


Tony resides in Ringwood with his wife, Brenda.  They have three children and three grandchildren.  Tony is planning on spending time with his family, enjoying time in Florida and keeping busy with golf, hunting, fishing and woodworking during retirement.


Fire Chief Horist began his fire service career in 1983 as a paid on call Firefighter with the Hanover Park Fire Department before joining the Elgin Fire Department in 1986.  He spent the next 24 years in Elgin and progressed through the ranks to Assistant Fire Chief before leaving for McHenry in 2010.


Chief Horist has a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Management, is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy and recently earned his national designation as a Chief Fire Officer.   Rudy resides in McHenry with his wife Helga and son Daniel who is a college senior.  He also has a daughter Stephanie who also resides in McHenry with her husband and two children. 


A swearing in will be held for Fire Chief Horist on Friday, January 8.  Due to COVID this will be a private ceremony to comply with local restrictions.



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