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Channahon resident John Grimmenga was hired this week as the village’s first Emergency Services Coordinator.

The position is a part-time one that will include creating a new emergency services plan, getting together and training volunteers and staff to serve on an emergency services committee, and offering programs for them and for the community throughout the year.

Grimmenga recently retired from LyondellBasell as Fire Chief. He served 41 years at the business. 

Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher said she wanted this position to be created so the village could be better prepared in the event of any kind of emergency, whether it be caused by weather or industrial accident.