On June 29th, 2018 EMS Director and Captain Glen Unsinn hung up his gear for the final time, retiring after 23 years of service to the Village of Bellevue. Captain Unsinn served in a variety of roles in the department throughout his career, most recently serving as the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Director and Captain.
Capt. Unsinn’s career with the Bellevue Fire Department began in October of 1991 as a Volunteer Firefighter. In 2006 Glens strong work ethic and dedication to the department landed him a role as one of the first full-time firefighters in the Village of Bellevue. In 2007, After 15 ½ years of service to the Fire Department, Glen decided to pursue his true passion and became a full time Paramedic for County Rescue, where he remains today. While Captain Unsinn’s passion is in the EMS field, the desire to serve his community with the Fire Department remained. Captain Unsinn once again rejoined the Fire Department as a part-time paid on call firefighter in 2011 and in January of 2013 Glen was promoted to Captain and began serving as the EMS Director.
Throughout his 23-year career Capt. Unsinn participated in almost 1,300 activities (emergency calls and community events) and almost 300 trainings. Captain Unsinn was also instrumental in coordinating multiple community service trainings, most notably CPR, active intruder, mass casualty, and disaster drills with Bellin College. This paved the way for grants to purchase bullet proof vests and mass casualty kits for front line responding units.
When asked what he will miss most Captain Unsinn stated “I will miss the comradery and the members of the department most”. Given his work ethic we were not surprised by his answer when asked what he will do with his free time “Get another part time job. I have an offer already”. Capt. Unsinn plans to continue helping with the departments annual Fish Boil (yet another department event he has been integral in growing and maintaining).
The Fire Department will greatly miss his hard work, dedication and experience, but mostly we will miss the Famous Dave’s pickles and ice cream treats! You have laid a strong foundation for the EMS program and left a void that will be difficult to fill. We wish you the best in your retirement from the Fire Department and future endeavors.