My Name is Randy Grohler, I started my career in emergency services in 1988. I started in the fire service as a Junior Fire cadet in my high school days. I have served with several departments through my years from Greenville Fire Department, Williamson County Fire Protection District, West Frankfort Fire Department, Johnson City Fire Department, and Zeigler Fire Department. At this time I serve with Lake Egypt Fire Protection District as Safety Officer and Paramedic. I’m also a state certified Instructor in Fire and EMS. A father of 4 my time is full with a lot of adventure. Been married and divorced. I’m remarried now and loving life.
My name is Ryan Hanson. I have been in the fire service since 2000, and a fulltime Firefighter/Engineer and now Lieutenant at Pontiac since 2008. I spent my first 8 years as a volunteer and paid on call at a couple different departments in the Midwest. I wanted to be part of peer support for a couple different reasons. Like most, I have had some struggles in my personal life, and it was the fire service that was there for me and helped me get through those times. Also, coming through the volunteer ranks, I realize the commitment that comes with it, along with the types of calls that not only fulltime but also the volunteer firefighters go on. So, a way I can give back to my fellow firefighters is to be there for them as the fire service was there for me. As we go through our careers in the fire service, whether volunteer, paid on call, or full time we are going to have stressors. I am proud to be part of ILFFPS, and we are here to support and listen to our brothers and sisters in need.