CHIEF DONALD SHOEVLIN
Don Shoevlin, has been the Fire Chief of the District since 2008. He became the 8th individual to take on this role with the department since its incorporation on April 4, 1940.
Don began serving in the fire service in 1980 as a paid on call volunteer. He has always been and continues to be a strong advocate in training and safety. Education accomplishments include OSFM certification in FF II, FF III, Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Fire Officer III, Chief Fire Officer, Fire Service Vehicle Operator, previously EMT-P, currently EMT-B, with numerous classes in management, safety, rescue, fire investigation and training. Don has completed the Statewide WMD Unified Command Coarse and NIMS Classes.
He is a member of the Winnebago Fire Chiefs Association, MABAS Division 8 (board member), Illinois Fire Chief’s Association (board member), International Fire Chiefs Association, currently appointed to the Winnebago County 911 board, and on the governance board of Prairie Shield.
Don and his wife Tammy are both very active in community events. They have been married for 37 years and have four children, Michelle (Dan) Leonard, Kelly (Brian) Shimp, Steven (Sarah) Shoevlin, and Laura (Will) Paul. Don also is a proud grandpa of Dylan, Ella, Jordan, Jaylen, Emersyn, Adelyn, and Camden. When Don is not working his interests include family, football, renovation projects and spoiling those grandkids.