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Promotion, new hire bring Hobart firefighter roster to 50

Updated: January 6, 2013 6:38PM



HOBART — The Hobart Fire Department has promoted one member to assistant chief and hired another, bringing the roster to 50 full-time firefighters.

Lt. Brian Kerr, a city employee for 21 years, spent his first 4 1/2 years with the Streets and Sanitation Department before joining the Fire Department. He officially took over as assistant fire chief on Jan. 1, following in his father’s footsteps.

Kerr’s father, Keith Kerr, was assistant fire chief with the department beginning in 1996, the same year Brian Kerr started with the department, Fire Chief Brian Taylor said Friday.

“I believe his commitment to service both on and off duty has been extraordinary and will make him an excellent addition to our administration,” Taylor said of the younger Kerr.

“I was delighted to be able to help the city in this capacity as assistant chief and will do my best,” Brian Kerr, 42, said.

Brian Kerr said he grew up in Hobart and was a 1988 graduate of Hobart High School. He was a member of the Brickies football team.

Kerr and his wife, Suzann, have two children — Jacob, 15, and Emily, 9.

Kerr replaces former assistant chief James Jaracz, who was removed from that position in late November by Taylor. At the time, Taylor said the move was not a disciplinary action or demotion, but that he wanted to move in a different direction.

Jaracz has said he is hoping to get his former job back, doing fire prevention. The Fire Commission has not decided that issue.

On Friday, the Fire Pension Board approved the hiring of St. John resident Douglas Maruszczak II as a full-time firefighter, pending approval by the Indiana Public Employees Retirement system.

Taylor said Maruszczak, 33, is currently a Schererville firefighter.

He said Maruszczak will replace a firefighter who is leaving for medical reasons.



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