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2009 - 2019
On February 2, 2010 the District was successful in fending off a hostile attempt by the Orland Fire District to de-annex the northerly portion of the I-80 corridor. The election results were 58 to 33 against the transfer.
1990 - 1999
In May of 1990, the Department's only dog, a Dalmatian named Patch was donated to the District. Tragically, Patch was only with us for a short time.
1980 - 1989
In 1981 the District purchased it's first Chief's car, a Ford Fairmont station wagon with the designation of M-1.
1883 - 1959
The earliest records of fire protection for the Village of Mokena go back to March 7, 1883 when according to newspaper articles Juilus Maris was appointed Fire Marshal. Receipts dated May 4, 1883 indicated the village purchased 75 feet of rubber fire hose, one 28 foot and one 24 foot ladder, two pike poles and two fire axes.
1960 - 1969
On July 19, 1962, an election was held, and the creation of the Fire Protection District was passed almost unanimously. The first officers were Harold Cooper, President; Ray Bernard, Secretary; and Roy Kohl, Treasurer.
Also in 1962, Robert Rust was elected Fire Chief.
2000 - 2009
In 2000, a Rescue/Engine was purchased from Seagrave Fire Apparatus. This unit has a 1500 gpm pump and 500 gallon water tank. This unit also carries a complete set of extrication equipment.
1970 - 1979
On August 27th, 1971, Chief Robert Rust passed away at the age of 37. A full fire department funeral was given to Chief Robert Rust which included a procession from St. Johns United Church of Christ to St. Johns Cemetery located on Wolf Road.