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Board Of DirectorsJeremy Painkin - Chairman
Jeremy Painkin is currently a flight medic in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Jeremy is originally from New York and started his firefighting career in Central Virginia where he was heavily involved in the community. Jeremy began as a volunteer Firefighter/EMT progressing quickly into Career Firefighter/Paramedic. Jeremy always has been involved with IAFF Locals on many different levels. Jeremy Moved to Texas to work for the Allen Fire Department in Allen, Texas (IAFF Local 3453) where Jeremy was the president of Local 3453. Jeremy was also the President of his Local in Virginal IAFF Local 4830. Jeremy is also an Arson Investigator/Peace Officer. Jeremy ended his Career after 15 years on the job. Jeremy continues to make frequent trips back to see his friends and family who are still working on the job with FDNY.
Paul Geidel - Board Member
Paul Geidel is a USAF Korean War combat veteran flying 43 combat missions over North Korea as a gunner on a Douglas B-26 Invader. Following his military service, Paul joined FDNY in 1957. Paul worked throughout FDNY and spent his last 11 years with Manhattan’s infamous Rescue Co. 1. FDNY became a Geidel family tradition with all three of Paul’s sons serving as FDNY firefighters. Paul’s son, Gary, was assigned to Rescue 5 for 5 years before transferring to his Father’s former Rescue Co. 1. Gary Geidel was killed on 9/11 on Rescue Co. 1. Paul’s youngest son, Michael is currently the senior member of Rescue Co. 1. Paul worked at Ground Zero for 8 1/2 months with his two sons, Michael and Ralph, searching for their son/brother, Gary, who was never found.
Christopher Gantz - Board Member
Christopher Gantz is a fifteen year veteran of the fire service, retired as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Skokie Fire Department in Skokie, Illinois (IAFF Local 3033). Chris also served as a HazMat Specialist with Illinois USAR TF-1. Chris started as a volunteer firefighter while attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Organizational Administration. Chris Gantz is also the creator of the FireZone in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Greg Lyle - Board Member
Greg Lyle started at age 17 as a volunteer firefighter for CalFire. He paid his dues as a ground pounder with the US Forest Service, first as a seasonal then as an Engine Captain in Nevada. He then was hired as a firefighter in Fort Collins Colorado Local 1945 and was eventually assigned to their Heavy Rescue Unit. Greg is currently a Captain with the Palm Springs Fire Dept., has a Bachelors Degree in Fire Protection Administration from Cal State University Los Angeles, a member of the Palm Springs Technical Rescue Team, past Vice-President of IAFF Local 3601, and proudly serves as Honor Guard Commander.