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Luncheon: José A. Santiago, Honoring First Responders, Brady: RotaryOne Mascot

José A. Santiago

José A. Santiago served as the Fire Commissioner of the Chicago Fire Department. As Fire Commissioner, Santiago managed nearly 5,000 sworn members and an annual budget of over 560 million dollars. He made the Chicago Fire Department a leader in the fire service by implementing several best practices, including sweeping changes to the incident command policies with the use of innovative technology. These and other safety reforms established the Chicago Fire Department as an innovator in high-rise life safety.

Previous to his position of Fire Commissioner, Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Santiago as Executive Director of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) on March 4, 2010. With an annual budget in excess of $91 million and approximately 1,400 City of Chicago and contract employees, Executive Director Santiago had the critical responsibility of overseeing the multiple disciplines that comprise the OEMC, which include the dispatch of all police, fire, EMS and the oversight, development, and execution of all City of Chicago disaster and homeland security planning and operations.

Santiago served in the United States Marine Corps for over 32 years, both in active duty and the reserves working his way through the ranks from Private to Commanding Officer. Deployments include Operations Frequent Wind (RVN), Desert Shield and Desert Storm (SWA).

Having joined the Chicago Fire Department in 1979, he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University. 

The club will initiate Brady, as the club Mascot, during the meeting.  Retired Captain George Rabiela and ROTARY/One member, travels with Brady to assist first responders and those affected by tragedy. 

Higher Thought: George Rabiela
Speaker Host: George Rabiela
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 12:10 PM until 1:20 PM
Union League Club
65 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL  60604

Registration is required
Payment In Advance Only
The Union League Club has a dress code policy, strictly enforced, of business or business casual. No jeans, tennis shoes or other casual attire. Overcoats must be checked upon arrival in the building lobby.
No Fee


ROTARY/One Foundation

Rotaract Club of Chicago

Mailing Address:
65 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604 
Meeting Reservations:
All welcome, please register in advance in CALENDAR.
(3 1 2) 8 5 7 - 3 1 6 1
Voice mail  or text message only
Virtual Office:
(3 1 2) 3 7 2 - 3 9 0 0
(not located at ULC)

Khaled Akkawi,

Michael Salamun,
rotaract president

David Phelps,
chief administrative officer

Nancy Phelps,
member services  
Nancy Ashburn,