AURORA, IL – Two new men have been appointed to lead the Aurora Fire Department. Chief David McCabe and Deputy Chief Dan Osman were sworn in to Mayor Richard Irvin on Tuesday.

The city council voted on the two nominations at a special meeting that followed a regular committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday evening.

McCabe replaces former Chief Gary Krienitz who served as the 17th chief of the Aurora Fire Department. After the swearing-in ceremony, Krienitz officially retired after a 25-year career — six as chief — with the department.

“The men and women of the Aurora Fire Department are some of the best in the business, and I look forward to leading them over the next few years,” McCabe said during Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony.

A member of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, McCabe is the past president of the Kane County Fire Chiefs Association.

Outside of the department, the new chief also served as a basketball official for the Illinois High School Association for more than 30 years, according to Aurora communications director Clayton Muhammad.

As the department’s second-in-command, Osman had a career trajectory similar to McCabe’s with the Aurora Fire Department. He was a lieutenant, captain and battalion commander before being promoted in 2019 to deputy chief of operations, the position he held most recently.

Osman is also president of the Aurora Fire Officers Association.

Before starting with the Aurora Department, Osman had a career in the United States Marine Corps, where he served around the world in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, according to Muhammad.

For 22 years, the deputy chief also coordinated the Aurora Fire Department toy drive, which provided more than 7,000 toys to Aurora children, Muhammad said.

“Mayor, one more thing,” Osman said Tuesday. “Last week, you said that with the retirement of chef Gary Krienitz, there were big shoes to fill. Challenge accepted.”


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