Eric Boness

Deputy Chief Eric Boness is retiring from the Kankakee Fire Department after 30 years of service with the City of Kankakee.

KANKAKEE — Kankakee Fire Department Deputy Chief Eric Boness will retire from the city fire force in mid-January.

Boness will conclude his 30-year career on Jan. 16. He has been a member of the city force since December 1990.

A 1986 graduate of Central High School, Boness took his new role of deputy chief on Feb. 1, 2020, when he replaced former Deputy Chief Jeff Bruno, who had retired.

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