Firefighter Appreciation Day

Naperville residents showed up at Naper Settlement to honor their city’s fire department for firefighter appreciation day.

Guests took a peek into the past by checking out historical fire engines and comparing them to the ones they see today, also getting a chance to try on firefighter gear.

The day was a chance for the community to celebrate with our local heroes and thank them for all they do.

“It’s a chance, for the community to come out and get to know the firefighters that protect them everyday” said Mike Andler a retired Naperville Firefighter.

“We know the public appreciates us everyday but its really nice to get that interaction, we don’t always get that outside of going out on calls, so its good to talk to them and let them know what else we are involved with” said fire chief, Mark Puknaits.

Hometown heroes from all ten fire stations competed in a chili cook off, judged by firefighter and paramedic, John Sergeant, Naperville Fire Chief, Mark Puknaitis, councilman, Grant Wehrli, Jane Soloman, A member of the Fire Departments Women’s Auxiliary and Mike Krol of the Naperville Heritage Society.

In the end, Chuck Gros took home the 300-dollar check for best chili and shared the winning dish with all in attendance.


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