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City of Porterville
291 North Main Street
Porterville, CA 93257
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City of Porterville

January 2010 Employee of the Month

Gregg Kroutil 

Gregg Kroutil was born in Oklahoma, but moved to Porterville at a young age. He attended elementary, junior high, and high school here in Porterville. Shortly after receiving his high school diploma, Gregg joined the United States Navy. He spent three of his six-year enlistment stationed overseas in Sasebo Japan attached to Amphibious Group Seven.

Gregg is a Veteran of Foreign War, having served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He is a designated Surface Warfare Specialist and has received the Southwest Asia Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, and two Navy Achievement Medals along with two Letters of Commendation from the Commander Amphibious Group Seven Southwest Asia. He received an honorable discharge in January 1993.

Gregg owned and operated King Electric Motor and Pump Service of Porterville for several years before selling the business. Shortly thereafter he opened California Auto Rental and Sales of Porterville. He ran the business for a few years before deciding that he really wanted to be a firefighter.

Gregg graduated from the Porterville College Fire Academy in January 2006. During the last several weeks of the academy, he spent every spare moment at the Porterville Fire Department learning how they conducted their day-to-day routines. He was hired as a reserve firefighter in February 2006. In May 2006, Gregg was hired full time as a provisional firefighter. Then in February 2007, he was hired as a regular, full-time firefighter.

In the short time he has been with Porterville Fire Department, Gregg has been instrumental in the forward progress of the department. Specifically, he was the driving force in the design, construction, and installation of the two new Patrol apparatus vehicle mounted fire pump assemblies. He has spent countless hours both on and off duty working alongside Battalion Chief Blasdell in the construction of the Porterville Fire Department Training Classroom from the groundbreaking through the completion of the extensive project.

Gregg has also committed to advancing his professional career through training. He has achieved qualifications as a Confined Space Operator, Hazardous Materials Specialist, and many others. He is a designated Acting Engineer for Engine Pumpers and the Ladder Truck and has accumulated over a thousand hours in that capacity. Gregg has passed the Fire Engineer promotional exam and is on the hire list for consideration when a vacancy becomes available. You can see why his brother, Captain Eric Kroutil of the Porterville Police Department, described him as the hardest working man he knows.

Gregg has been married to his beautiful wife, Kari, for 25 years. They have two amazing daughters, Brittany, 24 years old, and Katelyn, who is 13.

Gregg would like to dedicate this honor to his father who passed away recently. He is directly responsible for making Gregg the man he is today.

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