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Promotions, Retirements At Today’s Kenosha Police And Fire Commission Meeting

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Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Todd Leipzig
And Life Partner Sue At Today’s Police and Fire Commission Meeting
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Two long-time police supervisors, a patrol Lieutenant and a Detective Sergeant retired today. Also, four firefighters were promoted at today’s Police and Fire Commission meeting. City Hall was packed with supporters of the six City employees.

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Captain Todd Leipzig Promoted To Battalion Chief

Captain/Paramedic Todd Leipzig has been a member of the KFD for 24 years. He earned an Associate and Bachelor’s Degree through Columbia Southern University in Fire Service Management. Prior to being hired by the City of Kenosha, Todd worked for the Sturtevant and Janesville Fire Departments from 1997-2000. Todd has served the KFD as a member of the Apparatus Committee, as well as a Paramedic Preceptor and Field Training Officer. Todd has
certifications in Firefighter I & II, Driver Operator Pump and Aerial, Fire Officer I, Incident Safety Officer, and Incident Command Systems 300 and 400. He has been awarded three unit citations, has several letters of commendation on file and was the 2019 recipient of Wisconsin’s First Responder of the Year award.

Todd and his life-partner, Sue, reside in Kenosha and have five blended children: Morgan, Tyler, Emma, Amanda, and Kate. In his free time, Todd enjoys working out, cooking, and building, fixing and riding bicycles.

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Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Todd Leipzig
And Life Partner Sue At Today’s Police and Fire Commission Meeting
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Todd Leipzig
And Life Partner Sue At Today’s Police and Fire Commission Meeting
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Todd Leipzig
And Daughter At Today’s Police and Fire Commission Meeting
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Former Fire Chief Chuck Leipzig, Brother Of Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Todd Leipzig
At Today’s Police and Fire Commission Meeting
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

LT Mark Stachura Promoted To Captain

Lieutenant/Paramedic Mark Stachura has been a member of the Kenosha Fire Department for 24 years. Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Iowa. He began his transition to the fire service in 1996, attaining his EMT license, and then Firefighter I and II certifications while with the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District in a paid-on-call role. He was promoted to Apparatus Operator in 2014, and then to Lieutenant in 2017. He has
served the KFD as a Paramedic Field Training Officer, as well as an instructor in both the Training and EMS Divisions. Mark maintains a paramedic license and has attained certifications in Driver/Operator Pump and Aerial, Fire Instructor I, Fire Officer I and COLA. Mark has taken Blue Card Incident Command and will be attending ICS 300 and 400 in the coming month. He has been awarded two unit citations. Additionally, he instructs through Froedtert South as an American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support and CPR Instructor.

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Mark and his wife, Cindy, reside in Pleasant Prairie and have two children – Danielle and Nicholas. An avid outdoorsman, he currently volunteers his time doing stream restoration work with Southeast Wisconsin Trout Unlimited.

Kenosha Fire Department Captain LT Mark Stachura
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha Fire Department Captain LT Mark Stachura
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha Fire Department Captain LT Mark Stachura
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

AO Zachary Brokaw to Lieutenant

Apparatus Operator Zachary Brokaw has been a member of the Kenosha Fire Department for 13 years. Zach has an Associate Degree in Fire Technology and Administration from Lake Superior College. While completing his fire education, he worked for company that provided services to young adults with developmental disabilities. Zach has certifications in Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Driver Operator Pump and Aerial. He has also completed coursework in Company Officer Leadership Academy and Blue Card Command. He has received two unit citations and also a department citation.

Zach and his wife, Kelli, live in Kenosha with their two girls, Charlotte and Callahan. His family enjoys going to Kingfish games in the summer and vacationing in different places.

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Kenosha Fire Department Lieutenant Zachary Brokaw
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha Fire Department Lieutenant Zachary Brokaw And Fire Chief Dan Tilton
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha Fire Department Lieutenant Zachary Brokaw
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Firefighter Tyler Erikson to Apparatus Operator

Firefighter Tyler Erikson has been a member of the Kenosha Fire Department for nine years. Prior to working for the KFD, he was in the US Navy where he served for eight years in California. After his military enlistment, he served the San Diego County Fire Authority as a Volunteer Wildland/Structural Firefighter for seven months before being hired by the City of Kenosha. Since his time with the Kenosha Fire Department, he has been awarded four unit citations and has several letters of commendation on file.

Tyler and his wife, Bree, have resided in Kenosha since 2015 with their three kids – Landon, Presley, and Berkley.
Kenosha Fire Department Apparatus Operator Tyler Erikson
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha Fire Department Apparatus Operator Tyler Erikson And Fire Chief Dan Tilton
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha Fire Department Apparatus Operator Tyler Erikson And Family
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha Fire Department Apparatus Operator Tyler Erikson And Family
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha Fire Department Apparatus Operator Tyler Erikson And Family
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha Police Chief Pat Patton
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Kenosha Police Chief Pat Patton praised Lieutenant Joseph Nosalik, who is retiring next month for his more than 25 years of service to the Kenosha Police Department.

“[Lt. Nosalik] has be with our department for a long time. He’s accomplished a lot, served in a lot of different roles in our department. Specifically, he was the voice and the face of our organization during some of the hardest times. I’m very very appreciative for that, and some of the knowledge that he was able to pass down and guide me for my first year and a half. I appreciate it – well deserved retirement. I hope you enjoy it.”

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Kenosha Police Lieutenant Joseph Nosalik
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

“Serving the citizens of Kenosha, as a Kenosha Police Officer has been a great honor. I would like to thank my brothers an sisters of the Kenosha Police Department for a memorable and gratifying career,” said Nosalik.

Kenosha Police Sergeant Daniel Bandi

Police Chief Patton also commended Detective Sergeant Daniel Bandi for his service to the Kenosha Police Department. Bandi started his career with the Pleasant Prairie Police Department and finished the last 17 years with Kenosha. “He’s essentially been leading the detective bureau. He’s one of the more analytical minds in law enforcement. He’s really big into evidence, real big into crime stats, really big into data-driven solutions. It’s going to be a loss to the community,” said Patton.

“I would like to thank [The City of Kenosha] for the opportunity to serve the citizens of this community for the pas 17 years. Having said this, I hope I have been an asset to the Kenosha Police Department and contributed to the safekeeping of the community,” said Bandi.

Kenosha Fire Chief Dan Tilton
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Kenosha Fire Chief Dan Tilton told the crowded room that among the best things about his job is promoting fine public servants and he congratulated the four men promoted today.

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  1. This is fluff nonsense! What’s next? Pictures of babies and puppies? Keep the bank robbery and sex-crimes stories coming!

    Great work, KCE. (Usually.)

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    1. Hey bird watcher, we need feel good stories once in a while. As we skim thru the pages and pages of KCE reporting, it is filled with all those who embarrassed their own names so often and so badly that they will never have this feel good experience or report. Salem Lakes characters for instance will never get such a chance. The various supervisors at county, the Pleasant Prairie people that WINTER would like to see gone all are examples. It IS nice to see this feel good photo essay, so thank you Kevin and congrats to those featured.

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  2. Nice coverage here Kevin ! Seriously !

    The exhaustive résumé and list of commendations that you told us about not to mention who their families are and how they are overall good community citizens.

    Take work to put all that together not to mention actually being there taking all the photos.
    Good to have a good story. Also good to know who’s Running into burning buildings for us.

    Don’t know when you sleep.

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  3. Speaking of fluff, I’m going to add a little more. Thank you KM and your KCE for serving our/your community in your own special way. While you may not receive an official award or promotion, accept this as our reward to you recognizing your commitment and love for our/your community.

    Many of us may or may not agree with you, or an article or with each other on many different subject matters but we are lucky to have a platform to openly express our thoughts and opinions (free speech) about subject matters introduced here that we personally care about. It’s clear many people come here to get/give local news and opinions and if we couldn’t engage freely, we would be living in a communist country/police state and without you and your site, there would be no such place for Kenosha to come together and have opportunity for dialogue.

    Thank you for what you do and as always, God Bless you and may He truly bless all of us in this little slice of Creation we refer to as Kenosha but more importantly, home.

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  4. i don’t see any colored folk. not even a blended one. it is a big white club and colored folk ain’t in it.

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    1. Maybe it is important to be in the job to gain the accolades. DEI? Didn’t earn it only works in school sports and participation trophies. Equal chance not equity for unearned. That said, some kids grow up dreaming of being firemen, policemen, doctors, others not so much. Dennis, tour the schools, promote these professions. Make change. Til then, all we see you do is crybaby.

  5. I’ve known the Leipzig brothers since they were in grade school. Their mother and I were grade and high school classmates. Bob Pharr a Veledrome champ and Olympian is their maternal grandfather. The Leipzig brothers were raised to be good citizens and to serve the community.

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    1. See it first hand daily have sent in tips numerous times. Still waiting to see if anything ever comes of it. Id be surprised seems like there are certain toes Kevin doesn’t want to step on.

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