McConnaughay spotlights every day hero: John Fahy, Elgin Fire Chief
This month, State Senator McConnaughay spotlights John Fahy, Chief of Elgin’s Fire Department, for his exemplary performance and contributions to the community. The fire service veteran recently announced his retirement after working nearly 30 years in the field.
Fahy entered the Elgin Fire Department in 1987 and moved up through the ranks as Lieutenant and Captain and also served as President of the Elgin Association of Firefighters Local 439 Union for five years.
In his second year leading the fire union, Fahy was elected to the Kane County Board and worked alongside then Chairman Karen McConnaughay from 2006 to 2010. He was Vice-Chairman of the Kane County Finance Committee and Chairman of the Kane County Forest Preserve Finance Committee.
His honorable service as a firefighter, along with his diplomacy as union head and public official, did not go unnoticed. Following his term on the County Board, the Elgin Fire Department approached Fahy for the role of Fire Chief, which he accepted and began in January 2011.
Throughout his career, Fahy has received a number of accolades, including a Distinguished Service Award, Life Saving Award, two unit citations, a company award and an Academy Instructor Service and Paramedic Service Award.
Fahy leaves the department on October 10, 2016, and will make the switch from firefighter to educator at Elgin Community College (ECC). He will serve as the Senior Director of Academic Programing and Public Safety Training for the new ECC Burlington Center for Emergency services.
The Senior Director position combines his fire-service experience and knowledge with his passion for community outreach. His personal mission in this role, he says, is to help provide District 509 students with the opportunity to learn the trade of firefighting and introduce more minority communities to the police and fire professions.
Senator McConnaughay thanks Fahy for his dedication to the Elgin community and wishes him luck as he enters the next phase of his life and career.