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Community Liason Medical Expert Witness


Expert Witness No.2770


EDUCATION
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY 
BS Degree / Applied Science 

HARPER COLLEGE 
AAS Degree / Fire Science

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

1995-Current    
PALATINE FIRE DEPARTMENT     
Deputy Chief
Deputy Chief of a large Chicago-area fire department serving 65,000+ residents
Overseeing a staff of 91 full-time firefighters operating from five (5) fire stations
Supervising day-to-day fire suppression, rescue operations and emergency medical services at the Advanced Life Support (ALS) level
As a licensed 3rd Party Non-CDL Safety Officer with the Illinois Secretary of State, developed in-house emergency driver training program

2001-2015    
ERNIE’S TOWING, INC.     
Co-Owner 
Owned and managed a fleet of six (6) tow trucks and car carriers
Performed emergent and non-emergent towing, recovery and road service
Provided towing, recovery and road service safety training
Performed general sales and managed customer service 

1997-2012
MIDWEST FLEET SAFETY, INC. 
President
Independent safety and regulatory consultant
Providing FMCSR and OSHA regulatory reviews and compliance assistance
Providing didactic driver safety training for commercial fleets 
Providing risk control and loss management insurance assessments
Providing professional legal consulting in the area of towing, crash recovery, road service and other related towing operation and equipment topics

1995-1997    
ROAD ONE, INC. 
Midwest Regional Towing Safety Manager
Provided fleet safety services for twelve (12) towing and recovery terminals within the Midwest; Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin
Prepared and presented employee safety training which included both didactic and practical instruction in towing, recovery and road side service areas
Monitored and maintained required FMCSR and OSHA regulatory compliance
Performed crash/damage investigations including vehicle crashes, damage claims and employee injuries

1986-1995    
O’HARE TRUCK SERVICE, INC.
Towing Safety Manager
Responsible for driver recruitment, selection and towing safety training
Prepared and presented employee safety training which included both didactic and practical instruction in towing, recovery and road side service areas
Monitored and maintained required FMCSR and OSHA regulatory compliance
Performed crash/damage investigations including vehicle crashes, damage claims and employee injuries

LEGAL CONSULTING EXPERIENCE
2002    Amato & Dindia v. E&T Towing
Law Offices of Rory K. McGinty-Defense

2004    JA Frate & Glover v. Chacon, Castellanos & Guzman        
Thomas Burdelik & Associates-Plaintiff    

2008    Plodzien v. Federal Insurance Co.    
Hoagland, Fitzgerald, & Pranaitis-Defense    

2008    Helfrich v. Cottrell & Boyd Contracting        
Wilke & Wilke-Defense    

2008    Hayes v. Len’s Towing        
Wilke & Wilke-Defense
    
2008    Fulk v. Mason & Metford Towing        
Law Offices of William Beck-Plaint    

2008    Chapman v. Milford Towing    
Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis-Defense        

2009    Taft v. Home Depot    
Gallivan, White & Boyd-Defense        

2009    Nationwide Trans v. Tony’s Tire Service        
Lewis, Webster & Knoshaug-Plaintiff    

2010    PTROI v. Illinois Commerce Commission        
Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec & Hoff-Plaintiff    

2012    Casavant v. Amarite        
Lewis, King, Kreig & Waldrop-Plaintiff    

2012    Hebert v. Kerek’s Wrecker Service        
Sotile Law Firm-Plaintiff    

2012    Meyers v. Love’s Travel Stops    
Farmer, Cline & Campbell-Plaintiff     

2014    Lang v. J-Mar Enterprises and Triple D, Inc.    
Cahill Law Office-Defense

2014    Carder/Loyd v. Poor Boys Towing        
Armstrong Teasdale-Plaintiff
    
2014    Paregov v. Mac’s Towing    
Cole, Scott & Kissane-Defense

2014    Hancock v. Hein        
Law Offices of Joseph Dunn-Plaintiff    

2014    Ruis-Morgan v. Woller Towing        
Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano-Plaintiff    

2015    James v. Kirby Towing        
Law Offices of Dan Modarski-Plaintiff    

2015    Garza v. Lyons and Airline Towing        
Gregorio – Marco-Plaintiff    

2015     Scroggs v. Hack        
Garan Lucow Miller P.C.-Defense    

2016     Daouk v. Fadlallah & U-Haul    
Mike Morse Law Firm-Plaintiff        

2016    Rodrigues v. Yates Towing    
Moseley Law Firm-Plaintiff    

2016    Daniels v. A+ Towing        
Schneider Hammers, LLC-Plaintiff    

2016    Fox v. Ameren & City of Beardstown        
Hepler Broom Law Firm-Defense    

2016    Ravizza v. PACCAR    
Segal McCambridge-Defense        

SEMINARS AND PRESENTATIONS

2004    United States Postal Service -Towing Safety Seminar
2005    Kelly’s Truck Center-Towing and Workplace Safety Seminar 
2005    Graycor Blasting-DOT Hazardous Material Safety Seminars
2005    United States Postal Service-Towing Safety Seminar
2005    AAA Ohio Motor Club-Towing Safety Seminar
2006    KIA – Central Div-Corporate Driver Training Seminar
2007    The Kerry Group-DOT Compliance Seminar
2008    Ryan, Robertson & Associates-DOT Compliance Seminar
2009    Prof Towing & Recovery Operators of IL-Towing Safety Seminar
2010    Portillo’s Food Service-Fleet Safety Seminar
2012    R & D Trucking-DOT Hazardous Material Safety Seminar
2012    Crate & Barrel Distribution Group-Fleet Safety Seminar
2012    Tennessee Tow Truck Association-Roadside Safety Seminars
2013    Crate & Barrel Distribution Group-Fleet Safety Seminar
2015    Crate & Barrel Distribution Group-Fleet Safety Seminar


TRAINING, QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

1986    Towing and Recovery Association of America    
Basic Skills for Light Duty Towing
1987    International Recovery Associates    
Air Cushion Recovery Procedures
1987    International Recovery Associates    
Towing and Recovery 
1988    Towing and Recovery Association of America    
Fundamentals of Heavy Recovery
1992    Illinois Hazardous Materials Advisory Board    
HM First Responder – Awareness Certification
1993    Illinois Hazardous Materials Advisory Board    
HM First Responder – Operations Certification
1994    Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal    
Firefighter III Certification
1994    National Safety Council    DDC-4 
Defensive Driving Course
1994    Safe Towing and Recovery Seminar (STARS)    
Planning and Presenting Effective Driver Training
1995    Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal    
Instructor-I Certification
1995    Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal    
Officer-I Certification
1996    Illinois Department of Public Health    
Emergency Medical Tech / Paramedic License
1997    Towing and Recovery Association of America    
Level 1 – Light Duty Towing and Recovery Cert
1997    Towing and Recovery Association of America    
Level 2 – Nationally Certified Master Tower Cert
1999    JJ Keller & Associates
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
1999    Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal    
Haz-Mat Technician “A” Certification
1999    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration    
Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification
2000    American Safety & Health Institute    
Instructor Certification
2000    National Traffic Safety Institute     
Level 1 – Instructor Certification
2001    Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal    
Haz-Mat Technician “B” Certification
2001    National Fire Academy    
Emergency Response to Terrorism
2002    Illinois Fire Service Institute    
Fire Apparatus Engineer Certification
2002    JJ Keller & Associates    
Safe & Smart Driver Training – Instructor
2004    Illinois Fire Chief’s Association    
Instructor II Certification
2004    Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal    
Fire Service Vehicle Operator Certification
2005    Federal Emergency Management Agency    
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
2005    Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency    
Emergency Traffic Control (ETC)
2005    North American Transportation Management Institute    
Safety and DOT Compliance
2005    Illinois Fire Service Institute    
Haz-mat Incident Management System Cert
2005    National Safety Council    Certified 
Emergency Vehicle Operator (CEVO II)
2006    US Department of Homeland Security    
WMD Standardized Awareness Program
2006    Federal Emergency Management Agency    
Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
2006    Federal Emergency Management Agency    
National Response Plans (NRP)
2009    Federal Emergency Management Agency    
ICS 300; NIMS Incident Command training
2009    Federal Emergency Management Agency    
ICS 400; NIMS Incident Command training
2009    National Safety Council    CEVO-II 
Emergency Vehicle Train-the-Trainer
2010    Federal Emergency Management Agency    
IS 701; NIMS Multi-Agency Coordination System
2010    Federal Emergency Management Agency    
IS 703a; NIMS Resource Management
2010    Federal Emergency Management Agency    
IS 704; NIMS Com & Information Management
2011    Illinois Fire Service Instructors Association    
Incident Safety Officer Certification
2011    Arlington Heights Fire Academy    
Technical Rescue Awareness
2012    Illinois Department of Transportation & SIU-E     
Highway Traffic Incident Management     
2015    Illinois Department of Transportation & SIU-E     
Highway Traffic Incident Management
2015    National Fire Protection Assoc. Training Program    
Electric Vehicle Safety Training
2015     Fire Department Instructor Conference (FDIC)    
Safety Leadership    
2015    Fire Department Instructor Conference (FDIC)    
Large Truck Extrication    
2015    Fire Department Instructor Conference (FDIC)    
Highway Incident Safety


SPECIAL INTERESTS & EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 

2010-Current    Licensed EMS First Responder (AED) with the Illinois Department of Public Health

1995-2010    Licensed ALS Paramedic with the Illinois Department of Public Health

2008-Current    Author “TOWSAFE” TOWING SAFETY PROGRAM [In conjunction with Tow Times Magazine]
    

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

PUBLISHED ARTICLES IN TOWING INDUSTRY TRADE MAGAZINES
 
Available Upon Request

 


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