Staff & Personnel

Chief Petrakis

Chief ChiefJohnPetrakisPetrakis has served the fire and emergency medical services since 1996. He began in Heyworth (IL) as a volunteer EMT and worked as a part-time firefighter/EMT in Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District. He served the Village of Hanover Park Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic through 2004.

In 2004, Chief Petrakis took the opportunity to serve as the Deputy Chief of Operations and Training for the City of Princeton. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Fire Chief.

Chief Petrakis began his service to the Channahon Fire Protection District in 2012.

He earned a Master’s Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership and is nationally accredited as a Chief Officer Designee through the Center of Public Safety Excellence. In addition, he earned his Office of State Fire Marshal Chief Fire Officer Certification. He holds several certifications in various disciplines and has concentrated experience in Executive Fire Service Leadership Principles and Practice, Fire, Emergency Medical Service, and Special Operations Development and Management, Emergency Operations Planning and Management, Training Program Development and Management, Professional Instruction, National Incident Management System Compliance, Hazardous Materials Emergency Response and Operations.

Chief Petrakis participates as a member of the MABAS Division 15 Incident Management Team. He also serves as an instructor for the International Association of Fire Chief’s Association/Volunteer and Combination Section’s Beyond Hose and Helmets Leadership Program. Chief Petrakis is also an Associate Field Staff Instructor with the Illinois Fire Service Institute teaching the National Incident Management System coursework.

Chief Petrakis is married to his beautiful wife Angela and has a son, Ethan, and daughter, Lillian. His family resides in Channahon.

Deputy Chief Toepper


Jeff is blessed with his marriage to Kim for over 28 years. They have three adult children, Nick, Zack, and Paige. Their family has resided in Channahon for the past sixteen years.

DC Toepper was hired by the Fire District as the Deputy in April, 2013. As the Deputy, his primary focus is the operational component of the District as well as the District’s Safety Officer.

Prior experience includes twenty-four years with the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District. He completed paramedic school in 1990, and continues to maintain his paramedic license. Positions held at Lisle-Woodridge were Fire-medic, Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief.

In 1988, DC Toepper was hired by Tri-State Fire Department in his first full-time position. He began his fire service career in 1985 with the Manhattan Fire Protection District as a volunteer.

Regarding education, DC Toepper completed his Bachelor Degree in Fire Service Management through Southern Illinois University, and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy.

Executive Fire Support Manager Jacque Mclaughlin