Our Staff

Jeremy Norris
Jeremy Norris
Fire Chief
Jeremy joined the fire district in 1990 as a volunteer firefighter. He became a full-time Deputy District chief in 2005. He was promoted to Fire Chief in 2010. Jeremy also serves as the districts FOIA officer.
Joe Hale
Joe Hale
Battalion Chief
Joe joined the fire district in 1990 as a volunteer firefighter. Joe advanced through the ranks at Station #1 was chosen as the WCFPD training officer for many year. Joe attained the rank of Battalion Chief in 2011 and is in charge of Station 1 & 7. Joe is also the owner Hale’s Automotive in Marion.
Brian Burgess
Brian Burgess
Battalion Chief
Brian joined the fire district in 1998 as a volunteer firefighter. Brian excelled in his training and advanced quickly through the ranks. He was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief in 2011 and is in charge of Stations 3 & 4. Brian is also a full-time teacher at Marion High School.
Shawn Priddy
Battalion Chief
Eric Miller
Eric Miller
Battalion Chief
Eric joined the WCFPD 2003 as a volunteer firefighter at Station #5. He advanced through the ranks and was hired as a full time firefighter in 2011. Eric was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2016 and is in charge of the district training and the new Explorer Post.
Kyle Masters
Kyle Masters
Lieutenant
Kyle initially joined the district in 2008 as a volunteer firefighter at Station #2. His career path took him in different direction for a few years. He rejoined the district and was hired as a full time firefighter in June 2016.
Thomas Russell Mann Jr.
Thomas Russell Mann Jr.
Lieutenant
Thomas initially joined the district in 2010 as a volunteer firefighter at Station #5. After active service in the U.S. Air Force, Thomas rejoined the district in August of 2015. Thomas was hired as a full time firefighter in June of 2016.
Venita Brafford
Venita Brafford
Admin. Assistant
Venita was hired by the WCFPD in 2001 as a secretary. Venita takes care of the day to day needs of the district.

Our Board Members

Terry Pike
Terry Pike
President
Terry Pike has been a board member since 1996. Terry is the owner of Pike’s Hunting Club in Marion, Illinois.
Steve Land
Steve Land
Secretary of the Board
Steve Land has served as trustee since 1995. Steve is a former firefighter and retired Director of the WCEMA. Steve is certified to teach emergency classes in NIMS, Public Information Officer, and Emergency Planning for Schools.
Matt Lee
Matt Lee
Treasurer
Matt joined the board in May of 2015, Matt is a commercial Loan officer at First Southern Bank, his financial expertise will be very beneficial.
Gary Hill
Gary Hill
Board Member
Gary Hill has been a member of the fire district board since 2008. Gary is a principle owner of M&H Insurance Agency. Gary’s business experience is a tremendous asset to our fire district.
David Anderson
David Anderson
Board Member
David has been the owner of his State Farm Insurance Agency since 1987. He is married with 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.