Mike began his career in law enforcement for the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office serving 8 years responding and investigating numerous crimes and incidents.
He then began his Fire Service career volunteering with the Edge-Scott Fire Protection District, which led into him leaving the Sheriff’s Dept. for a fulltime career in the Fire Service.
He spent over 30 years with the Urbana Fire Department holding several positions from Firefighter, Company Officer, Division Chief and eventually as Fire Chief. Mike first became involved in Fire Investigation as a Deputy Sheriff, and continued attending training and investigating fires throughout his career.
Mike was the Division Chief in Prevention and Education where he conducted and supervised various code enforcement activities and inspections of Commercial, Industrial, Business, and Residential Facilities. He conducted and supervised Fire Investigations during his tenure at Urbana.
Mike then continued his career serving as a shift commander where he was the Incident Commander on numerous fire and emergency scenes. He also helped develop and managed Urbana’s Technical Rescue Team. He began and developed the MABAS 28 Fire Investigation Team. He is currently a member of the Sidney Fire Protection District as a Firefighter, Investigator, and training Department members.
Mike has also been a licensed Private Investigator for 20 years, owning and operating his own Origin and Cause Investigation business, conducting investigations in the private sector.
Mike has been a field staff instructor for the University Of Illinois Fire Service Institute, conducting fire investigation classes and other related fire science fields. He has taught fire investigation, leadership, and fire management courses at his local community college.
Mike has testified as an expert witness in Federal, State, and Local cases both in criminal and civil liabilities. The National Association of Fire Investigators recognizes him as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and a Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator. He holds the certification of Fire and Arson Investigator with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern Traffic Institute Accident Investigation I and II.
Michael is an instructor for the following program(s):
Vehicle Fire Investigations Course
Fire Investigations Training Program