A flyer that criticizes the Silver Lake Fire Department and was circulated around town is being answered by the department’s leadership.
Allison Draeger, who was elected department chief by membership but has yet to be formally appointed to the post by the Silver Lake Village Board, supplied westofthei.com with the department’s reply to the criticisms in the poster, which is a satirical recruitment poster that in fact includes several negative comments about the department, its members and how it is run.
Draeger said the department filed a report with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department regarding the flyer.
No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the flyer.
Following is the department’s response:
In response to the slanderous flier against the Silver Lake Fire Department that was distributed in the Village of Silver Lake, The Silver Lake Fire Department would like to address each and every accusation within the flier’s content:
If you have any information about embezzlement or any other illegal activity, we are anxious to hear about it so we may pursue legal action against the offenders. In addition we would like to know why you have ‘covered it up” until now.
We had ONE member who had a felony conviction AS A MINOR at the age of 15. His application was approved by the Village Board.
We have ONE new member with ‘Arson of property other than a building’ conviction 15 years ago. He has served his time, paid his dues and has given back to this Village many times over. He along with his certifications, are an asset to our Department.
4. “de facto Chiefs”
Allison Draeger was dually elected by the Silver Lake Fire Department membership as every Chief has been for the last 91 years. Due to politics the board has not recognized her as “The Chief”. Chief Draeger appointed her command staff, as every other Chief has done in the past. Roger Pattie is an Assistant Chief with almost 30 years of firefighting experience and Mike Keske who has over 20 years of firefighting experience, is also on as an Assistant Chief. Greg Galich a retired Kenosha firefighter has over 30 years of firefighting experience and is a Captain. Aaron Lassig is a Lieutenant with over 6 years of firefighting experience. This is the most experienced and certified group of officers who have ever served this department.
5. “No background checks”
ALL members (except for Dave Kordecki) have had background checks completed prior to membership by the Silver Lake Police Department.
6. “Junior Firefighters Accepted”
The Silver Lake Fire Department currently does NOT have a junior firefighter program.
7. “No Accountability”
The Fire Departments books are audited each year by the accounting firm that conducts the Village of Silver Lake audits. There have been no issues of embezzlement or “non-accountability” identified.
8. “Tax Free Pay”
The Village issues all paychecks to the members for all POC (Paid on call) hours. Each member has provided the Village with the required tax documents and taxes are withheld.
9. “New Tires”
The tires on the apparatus were inspected by no less than three independent tire representatives. They all responded the same, that the tires are 16 years old and should have been replaced 6-8 years ago in accordance with manufacture recommendations and DOT (Department of Transportation) regulations.
The Village Board does have the formal acceptance of David Kordecki’s resignation as SLFD chief on its meeting agenda for tonight.