One step forward

Schreck sworn in as lieutenant

-Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert
Carroll Fire Department Chief Greg Schreck pins the lieutenant shield onto his son, Fort Dodge Fire Department Lt. Jon Schreck during the younger officer’s promotion ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. Prior to joining the FDFD, Jon Schreck was a volunteer firefighter in Carroll.

A Fort Dodge firefighter joined the ranks of the Fort Dodge Fire Department officers on Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighter Jon Schreck, who has been with FDFD for the past five years, was promoted to lieutenant during an oath of office and promotion ceremony at the fire station.

“The job of lieutenant is intense and the demands are extreme,” FDFD Chief Steve Hergenreter said to Schreck prior to delivering the oath of office to the new lieutenant. “I know today is your first day and you’re already getting a lot put on your plate. But I know you can handle it, which is why you were selected for the job.”

Hergenreter reminded Schreck that as a lieutenant, his duties now go above and beyond those he had as a firefighter.

“Now as a lieutenant, you’re expected to assist and support your shift captain, directly managing those members of your shift,” he said. “Your decisions and actions while on duty and off duty directly reflect the image of Fort Dodge Fire Rescue.”

-Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert
Lt. Jon Schreck of the Fort Dodge Fire Department recites the oath of office as a fire officer, read by FDFD Chief Steve Hergenreter on Wednesday afternoon. Schreck has been with the FDFD for five years.

After Schreck recited the oath, his new, silver, lieutenant’s shield was pinned onto his chest by Carroll Fire Department Chief Greg Schreck, his father.

Prior to starting at FDFD, Jon Schreck was a volunteer firefighter for the Carroll department.

“I’d like to thank captains Jason Vandi and Steve Teske and everyone who has mentored me through my few years here and kind of shaped me into the person that I am now and will become,” Jon Schreck said.

He replaces Lt. Mitch Halverson, who retired Tuesday after 30 years of service.


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