An Evergreen Park Village Board meeting may seem like a strange place to spend a wedding anniversary, but Ron Kleinhaus
had an offer that was hard to pass up. Kleinhaus, 50, was named Evergreen Park's new fire chief Monday to replace retiring Chief Ed Clohessy.
, who celebrated his
30th wedding anniversary with his
wife, Elizabeth, on Monday, will celebrate 30 years with his
other love, the fire department, in September, he
An assistant chief for nine years, Kleinhaus
joined the fire department as a cadet in 1971 and trained under Clohessy for three years.
After a tour of duty in the Air Force, Kleinhaus
returned to Evergreen Park as a part-time firefighter in 1977. He stayed with the department as a part-timer while also working full-time jobs as a firefighter at O'Hare International Airport and then at Hines Veterans Hospital in Maywood and as emergency dispatcher for Oak Lawn for 8½ years.