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Fire Department Officers

Frank M. Zugan

Chief of Department

Chief Zugan is a third generation Chagrin Falls firefighter, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. After being appointed to the Chagrin Falls Fire Department in 1987, he rose through the ranks serving as a Lieutenant, and an Assistant Chief, before being appointed Chagrin Falls Village Fire Chief on January 14th, 2008. He is currently serving as the 19th Fire Chief in the departments 112 year history.…

Mark Vedder

Assistant Chief

Mark lives in Chagrin Falls and has served his community on the fire department since 1974. As an Assistant Chief he oversees the EMS, Records and Fire Equipment Division as well as serving as the Corporate Treasurer since 1985.

Mark has previously served as a Lieutenant with the Russell Twp Fire Dept and was the first full-time firefighter/paramedic of the Bainbridge Twp Fire Dept in Geauga County, He most recently worked as a Battalion Chief with Solon Fire-Rescue in Solon, Ohio, retiring in 2013 after 34 years of service.…

Jim Leffler

Assistant Chief

Jim Leffler joined the Fire Department in 1977 following in the footsteps of his father-in-law, Bill Raymond, a long-time Assistant Chief and the last volunteer Chief of the Department. He is a graduate of Kenston High School and Miami University. He became a full-time firefighter with University Heights in 1978 and retired at the rank of Captain with the city in 2013.…

Greg Krejci

Assistant Chief

Assistant Chief Greg Krejci has been a member of the Chagrin Falls Suburban Volunteer Fireman’s Association for over fifteen years and is one of the five fill-time members. He is a state certified fire instructor and also holds Fire Officer I, II, & III certifications. He is a member of the Rope Rescue Team. Currently Assistant Chief Krejci is actively involved in the fire training program for the Fire Department and has taught the Moreland Hills CERT Team.…

Ellita Vedder


Serving since 1987, Captain Ellita Vedder is also a full-time Fire Lieutenant at the Warrensville Heights Fire Department.  She is a resident of Chagrin Falls.


John Catani


Captain John Catani has been serving the Chagrin Falls Fire Department since 2004.  John also serves as the President of the Chagrin Falls Volunteer Firemen’s Association.  He attended Chagrin Falls High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University.  John is employed full-time with the City of Lakewood Division of Fire and is married to his wife, Megan, they live in the Village of Chagrin Falls.…

Brian Foster



Serving since 2002, Lieutenant Brian Foster is employed Full Time by the Chagrin Falls Volunteer Fire Department.  He is a resident of Bainbridge.


Chuck Huddleston


Serving since 1993, Lieutenant Chuck Huddleston also serves as a full-time Firefighter with the Shaker Heights Fire Department.  He is a resident of South Russell.


Ryan Shorr


Serving since 1997, Lieutenant Ryan Shorr in employed full-time by the Chagrin Falls Volunteer Fire Department.  He is a resident of Novelty.


Drew Boylan


Serving since 2002, Lieutenant Drew Boylan is also the President of the Chagrin Falls Volunteer Fire Corporation.  He is an Executive Captain for the University Heights Fire Department and resident of Russell Township.


Dillon Crouse


Serving since 2010, Dillon is also a full-time Firefighter at the Shaker Heights Fire Department.

Al Jefferson


Serving since 1987, he is also a full-time Firefighter at the Maple Heights Fire Department.

Jim Finley

Fire Marshal

Serving since 1995, Fire Marshal Jim Finley heads the Fire Prevention Bureau. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, International Fire Marshals Association, International Code Council, Ohio Fire Officials Association (Executive Board), and the North Eastern Ohio Fire Prevention Association (Executive Board).  He also serve as the Secretary for the Chagrin Falls Volunteer Corporation.…