LT. Sam McNames joined the department in 2015. He was promoted to Lt. on July 27, 2020.
Sam started his EMS career in 2013 while attending Rock Valley College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from IL State University. He received his Paramedic license in 2016 and is also state-certified as Basic Operations Firefighter, Technical Rescue Awareness, FSVO, Hazmat Operations, Rope Rescue Operations, CPR/AED Instructor, and ACLS/PALS/PHTLS.
Sam is involved with the Recruitment and Retention Committee and Safety Committee, is an EMS Preceptor and Rope Division Head. He works for HRFD as a Contract FF/Medic through PSI and is a part-time medic at Blackhawk Farms Raceway