Press Release - For Immediate Release
Niles Fire Department Chief Harry Kinowski is retiring on September 1, 2006 after 48 years of dedicated service to the Village of Niles. Harry began as a village employee in 1958 when he joined the Public Works Department and as a paid on call firefighter. In 1960 he became a full-time member of the Niles Fire Department and steadily rose through the ranks. He was ultimately appointed as Chief of the Department in 1984. For 22 years Chief Kinowski has faithfully and ably directed the Niles Fire Department.
During his career Chief Kinowski has spearheaded numerous innovations that have greatly improved the capabilities of the Niles Fire Department. He was instrumental in reorganizing both the Fire Prevention Bureau and the Training Division, served as the project manager for the development of a Regional Emergency Dispatch Center and developed the Northern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy concept.
Chief Kinowski’s retirement party will be held on the evening of August 25th at the White Eagle Restaurant in Niles. The cost is $45 per person. This includes dinner, four hours of open bar and a gift contribution. Tickets can be purchased at Niles Fire Station 2 (8360 Dempster Street) and the Niles Village Hall (1000 Civic Center Drive) between 8:30 and 5:00, Monday through Friday.