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100 Fire Station
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-6200
Facsimile: (574) 631-8592
Fire Chief Bruce V. Harrison
Chief Bruce Harrison joined NDFD in March of 2012. He began his fire service career with the DeKalb Fire Department in 1981 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1994 and Captain in 1998. He was named Assistant Chief in 2002, Acting Fire Chief July 31, 2008, and Fire Chief January 26, 2009. He received his paramedic training in 1983 and served for several years as a Flight Medic. Chief Harrison has completed numerous classes at the National Fire Academy including the Executive Fire Officer Program. He was among the first group of Illinois Fire Fighters who responded to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and was named Illinois Operations Officer for the third deployment to New Orleans. He has been instrumental in the formation of the Northern Illinois Communiversity Incident Management Team. He is a certified Fire Officer III and holds an Associates Degree from Kishwaukee Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University, and a Master’s Degree in Fire Administration from Grand Canyon University.
Assistant Chief Timothy Hoeppner
Assistant Chief Timothy Hoeppner started with NDFD in 1990, became captain in 1999 before being promoted to Assistant Chief in 2010. He previously was a member of the Osolo Township Fire Department in Elkhart County where he had served as firefighter since 1983 and as a volunteer for the local ambulance service. He serves as NDFD’s Chief of Operations, his certifications include SCUBA diver, Confined Space, High Angle Rope and Trench Rescue, Hazardous Materials Operations and as a Fire Inspector. In his free time, Chief Hoeppner enjoys golf, SCUBA diving, fishing and in the summer sitting by his pool.
His wife Robin works in the First Year of Studies at the University, and they are the proud parents of daughters Madison currently a junior at IUSB and Emily began college in the Fall of 2014 at the University of Notre Dame.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Mary Weigle is NDFD’s Coordinator of Office Services and joined the department in 2006. Prior to coming to NDFD, Mary hosted, produced and directed One Shot Challenge, an outdoor hunting television show that highlighted women and children in the shooting sport industry and promoted archery and muzzleloading. One Shot Challenge aired on the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel for six years. Mary also worked for American Greetings and Clairol as a sales and marketing representative. Some of her responsibilities with NDFD include the scheduling and billing of all fire protection work performed on campus, budget, payroll and scheduling firefighters and student EMTs for shift vacancies and other special events.
Mary graduated from John Carroll University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Business. She has two children – her son Kurt works for the Calhoun County, Michigan Sheriff’s Department and her daughter Kristina graduated from St. Mary’s College with a degree in Nursing.
Brother Francis Gorch
Brother Francis Gorch was the last firefighting Brother with NDFD. Brother Frank has been at the University for over 60 years, having initially arrived on campus in 1941 as a seminarian before returning to Notre Dame after professing in 1948. Over the years, he has served in a number of capacities by working at the bookstore, as caretaker of the cemetery and as treasurer in the Main Building. From 1963 to 1965, he was the host for University Masses. From 1965 to 1989 he managed LaFortune Student Center and at one point concurrently managed Washington Hall.
Brother Frank moved out of the firehouse in 2002 and resided at Holy Cross House. His unwavering loyalty to NDFD and his enthusiasm for protecting Our Lady’s University made him the epitome of what it means to be a Notre Dame firefighter. Brother Frank passed away on November 14, 2015.
Captain Cary Dygert
Capt Cary Dygert
Captain Cary Dygert came to NDFD in 2012 as an On Call Firefighter and hired as a full time Captain on July 13, 2019. Captain Dygert Joined the fire service in January 2000 as a Career Firefighter with Elkhart Fire Department and retired with 20 years of service as Captain of Station 5. Captain Dygert holds numerous fire certifications and has been an Indiana Licensed Paramedic since 2009. Captain Dygert is also a certified swift water, surface rescue and SCUBA diver. Cary has also owned and operated a concrete construction company since 1995. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Felecia and twin boys, Max and Ethan.
Firefighter Michelle Woolverton
Firefighter Michelle Woolverton came to NDFD in 2010 as an on-call EMT while attending the Paramedic program at Ivy Tech along with the Fire Academy at Clay Fire Territory. After graduating both in 2011, Michelle took a full time position with Notre Dame in Building Services where she was a Supervisor for nine years. During this time, Michelle remained passionate about helping people and working in the Fire industry and continued to work towards her dream of having a career with NDFD which became a reality in August 2019. She currently holds a number of state certifications including Firefighter I & II, EMT-B, Hazmat Responder & Vehicle and Machinery Rescue Operations.
Michelle and her husband Bill have been married for 23 years. Together they have two boys Austin and Nick and a puppy named Gilbert. During her spare time, Michelle likes being outdoors, spending time with her family and working on home remodel projects.
Firefighter Christi Shibata
Firefighter Christi Shibata was hired onto the NDFD full time in July 2019 after joining our part-time staff in 2018. She went through the Clay Fire Recruit Academy 16 and continues to work for Clay Fire Department part-time as a firefighter. Christi holds a number of state certifications including Firefighter I & II, EMT-B, and a Michigan Physical Therapist Assistant License. Prior to joining the fire service, Christi treated patients as a Physical Therapist Assistant in an out patient orthopedic physical therapy clinic in Petoskey Michigan.
Christi studied and has a BS in Aeronautics from Kent State University where she played Division 1 basketball. She also has her associates as a Physical Therapist Assistant. In her free time, Christi enjoys mountain biking, running, swimming, paddle boarding, motorcycle riding, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and spending time with family.
Lieutenant Sean Killelea
Firefighter Sean Killelea came to NDFD in April of 2017 after being an On Call Firefighter with us for 4 years. He started his career as a Volunteer Firefighter with Clay Fire Territory in 1999. He lived in Florida from 2001 to 2008, returning to Clay Fire Territory in 2008 where he still works part time as an Inspector/Engineer. Firefighter Killelea came to us from Warren Township Fire Department where he worked full time since January of 2011. He spent his last three years as a shift Captain. Sean holds many Indiana State Certifications and has recently been working on his Technical Rescue Certification's since he has joined the MABAS 201 Technical Rescue Team for the University.
When Sean isn't working he enjoys spending time with his family, his fiancee Stephanie and their 2 sons Dylan and Devin. They love the outdoors and spend a lot of time camping, fishing, mountain biking, and jet skiing.
Captain Michael Holdeman
Captain Michael Holdeman joined NDFD as an on-call firefighter in 2000 and was hired full time in 2005 before being promoted to Lieutenant in 2009 and Captain in 2010. A member of the fire service since 1984, he also continues to serve his home community of Union, Michigan as chief of the Porter Township Fire Department.
Captain Holdeman has spent his entire life in the Michiana area and has an extensive background in agriculture. He holds certifications for Firefighter I&II, Hazardous Materials Operations, Rescue Diver, Techinical Rescue and Vehicle Extrication. He and his wife Vicki are the parents of eight children: Jason, Courtney, Heather, Jordan, Hillary, Heidi, Lauren and Chase and they have one grandchild, Makyah.
Captain Andy Willett
Firefighter Andy Willett worked 15 years as a volunteer Firefighter for Roanoke Fire Department and an EMT from 2006-2012 for Parkview Huntington EMT service before being hired as a Full time Firefigher for NDFD in 2012. Firefighter Willett holds numerous State and National Fire Academy certificates including Instructor I and Investigator I and II. He is charge of inventorying and ordering all EMS supplies for the Fire Department. Andy and his wife Brie have three children Dillon, Emilie and Olivia. They are expecting their 4th child in July 2014.
Firefighter Richard Franco
Firefighter Richard Franco started his career in the fire service in 1998. He worked for the NAS Key West Fire Dept (4yrs), Key West Fire Dept (12yrs), Penn Township Fire Dept (3 1/2 yrs) were he still works part time. He began working for NDFD in April 2017 as an On Call before being promoted to a full time position in June 2018. Firefighter Franco holds numerous fire service certification.
When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his wife Aliya and two children Greysen and Ella.
Firefighter Damien Cruz
Firefighter Damien Cruz entered the fire service in 1992 as a volunteer with the Portage Township Fire Department (later Southwest Central Fire Territory) and served with NDFD as an on-call firefighter for 5 years before being promoted to a full time position in 2010. Firefighter Cruz holds numerous certifications and is in charge of the Departments Child Safety Seat program and CPR Instruction. Firefighter Cruz serves on several other county Fire Departments. When not working he enjoys being with his wife Cindy and their daughters Emma and Abbie. He is also an avid runner.
Lieutenant Mark Catanzarite
Lt. Catanzarite comes to NDFD after working 35 years for the City of South Bend. The first 5 years he was a 9-1-1 telecommunicator for the Police department, and for the last 30 years he has worked for the Fire department in a variety of roles including Firefighter, Paramedic, Captain, and Battalion Chief. He holds numerous fire service/EMS certifications and has a great deal of training and experience in leadership and incident command. He began working for the University as an on-call Firefighter in July of 2018. Catanzarite was then selected to be a Lieutenant for Notre Dame in July of 2019 and has since retired from the South Bend Fire Department. Lt. Catanzarite enjoys spending time with his wife, Susan, and their five children which range in age from 28 to 1. Besides bonding with his family, Lt. Catanzarite gives back to his community by volunteering with his oldest son's Boy Scout troop, serves on the Public Defender Board of St. Joseph County, and has been a St. Joseph County council member since 1997. Lt. Catanzarite likes to place an emphasis on prevention of fires and community risk reduction through public education endeavors and fire system inspections and maintenance. He looks forward to helping you have an enjoyable and safe experience while visiting, working, or living on the University of Notre Dame campus.
Lieutenant John Nyerges
John and his wife Stacy have been married for 32 years, They have two grown children; Matthew who lives in Elkhart, IN and is an over the road truck driver and Lindsay who is a Special Education teacher in Indianapolis. John and Stacy live in Middlebury and enjoy their two Golden Retrievers Daisy Mae & Bear and two Maltese dogs Mia & Misha. They enjoy traveling to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where they stay in a cabin almost every year. John enjoys riding along with the Chicago Fire Department and going to Indianapolis to visit with his daughter and new grandson Beau. John retired from Clay Fire as a Captain with 27 years of experience. Prior to Clay Fire he was a Communications Dispatcher with the City of South Bend and Fort Wayne. John is a third generation firefighter, his Grandfather and Father served on the South Bend Fire Department. He holds many state certifications including EMT, Fire Officer II, Instructor II/III, Fire Investigator I, Safety Officer, Swift Water Technician, Hazardous Material Technician, NIMS Command, Vehicle & Machinery Rescue Technician, Fire Officer Strategy & Tactics, Blue Card Incident Commander plus many more.
Firefighter Ryan Schafer
Firefighter Ryan Schafer joined the fire service in 1986 as a member of the Lakeville, Indiana Fire Department and has served with NDFD since 1999. He is also the chief of the Madison Township Fire Department in Wyatt, Indiana and owns and operates a large grain and livestock farm. He and his wife Jennifer have two children.
Firefighter Schafer studied heavy equipment repair at Ivy Tech Community College and at NBC Technical Center in Lima, Ohio and has previously worked in the heavy equipment repair and operation, building construction and underground utilities fields. He also holds numerous fire service certifications.
Firefighter Corey Cole
Firefighter Corey Cole has been in the fire service since 2010 beginning his career as a volunteer for Baugo Fire Department in April 2010 and is currently a part-time paid Battalion Chief Firefighter/EMT-B. He became a fulltime firefighter/EMT-B for Osolo Township Fire Department for 2.5 years. He currently holds a number of State certifications including Firefighter I and II, EMT-B, and Fire Investigator. He began his career for NDFD in June of 2017.
Corey married his lovely wife Jessica in July of 2008. Together they have 2 children, Gabriel and Isabella. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports. He also enjoys building things and remodeling.
Fire Protection Technician - Firefighter Dwight Niles
Firefighter-Technician Dwight Niles joined NDFD in 2011. Prior to joining NDFD he worked in the Fire Protection Industry for 10 years. From 2008-2011 he was in charge of the Fire Protection Service and Maintenance for the University. Dwight and wife Christianna have 3 children Sarah, Jeff and Jacob and 5 grandchildren Zoie, Owen, Randi, Elizabeth, and Daniel. Dwight enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Fire Protection Technician Rick McAllister
Technician Rick McAllister came to NDFD in 2009 after working 20 years with SimplexGrinnell. He is a 1981 graduate of Ivy Tech Community College with a degree in electronics communications. Technician McAllister and his wife Lisa have three children, Ashlee, Brandi and Cody along with six Grandchildren, Brayden, Trinity, Ava, Ashlyn, Italia, and Elliana. He also enjoys photography and being with his children and grandchildren in his spare time.
Technician Nicholas Kovach came to NDFD in March of 2017 after working in the fire protection industry for 16 years with F.A.S.T. and Koorsen Fire and Security. He holds a NICET certification in Fire Alarm inspection, testing and service. Technician Kovach is a 2013 graduate of Liberty University with a Social Science degree focusing in Communication, Business, and Economics. Nicholas and his wife Lora reside in Elkhart with their daughters Lucia and Atalia. He enjoys spending time with his family and reading classical literature during his spare time.
Assistant Director of Medical Outreach Ami Driscoll
Ami Driscoll was appointed Assistant Director of Medical Outreach in July 2018. She oversees event medical coverage across campus - working with nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, medical volunteers, and students, as well as collaborating with local EMS agencies, the CPR program, and is the advisor for FAST.
Prior to joining Notre Dame Fire Department, she began as a staff nurse in 2012 at University Health Services, worked with Medical Outreach from 2013 to 2015, and served as the Assistant Director of Game Day from 2015 to 2018 on campus.
In 2002, Ami graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana earning Bachelor of Science degrees in Selling and Sales Management and Retail Management and in 2005 she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. She is currently enrolled at Ivy Tech pursuing her EMT-B.
Ami worked as a staff nurse in the neonatal intensive care units (NICU) at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She joined the Maternity and NICU unit at Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, Indiana in 2009.
A native of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, Ami resides in Granger with her husband Jason and their daughters, Quinn, Taylor, and Keelin.