Maple Heights has a new fire chief. Vytautas “Vito” Kavaliunas was sworn in today as the next Maple Heights Fire Chief. The ceremony was held this afternoon in the Maple Heights Senior Center at 2:00pm. It was well attended by members of the Police and Fire Departments and City officials.
Chief Kavaliunas (pronounced kav·a`lu·nas) was congratualted by Former Chief Castelucci as he passed the baton. To commemorate the occasion he received the Fire Chief’s helmet and badge. His wife and daughter had the privilege of pinning the badge for him. Mayor Lansky conducted the swearing-in.
Fire Chief Kavaliunas has been with the department since July 1990. He was sworn in as a Lieutenant in 2009. Until today, he was Acting Captain and Commander of the B-Shift.
This is Maple Heights’ third fire chief in three months. Fire Chief John Drsek retired on August 1st. Mayor Lansky temporarily appointed former Fire Chief Jim Castelucci until a successor could be designated. Fire Chief Kavaliunas is now taking up the torch as the leader of the Maple Heights Fire Department with 24 years of service under his belt.