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I was born in Ottawa, Illinois at the Ryburn Hospital to Fayette James and Shirley E. (Benckendorf) Hollenbeck.
I was named after my grandfather whom passed away a year before I was born.  

I am presently married to the former Sheila K. Austin.  

I have four children.  Michael, Aaron, Kenneth and Ashley.

EMPLOYED BY:       State of Illinois: Investigator

EDUCATION:     IVCC Community College:
Law Enforcement, Fire Science & 
Fire Ground Operations

Seneca Grade & High Schools
Graduate Class of 1967 and 1971

University of Illinois
Police & Fire Training: 
Joliet Junior College:
Fire Investigation

Northwestern University:
Supervision of Police Personnel

University Of IL. Springfield:

University of Wisconsin:
Electrical Fire Investigations

SPECIALIZED    Reid Technique of Interviewing  
State Fire Marshal’s Office:
Arson Investigation
Crime Scene Processing

IL. Secretary of State:
IL. Vehicle Code      
IL Dept. of Law Enforcement:
Fire Investigation

Crime Scene Processing  
Anti-Terrorism Training
Suicide Bomber Training 
American College of Amb. Surg.:
Transportation of Sick & Injur.

International Fire Photographers
Fire Scene Photography
Fire Scene Diagramming
Biological Photography
Legal Aspects of Photographs

Chessie Rail  Road:
Hazardous Materials

IL. Valley Crime Prevention
Training Unit:

Latent Fingerprint Processing

Covert Drug Investigations

Physical Evidence Procedures

Hazardous Materials

Burglary Investigation

Crowd Control
Officer Survival

Crime Scene Photography

Freedom of Information Act

Criminal Law Updates

Domestic Violence

High Risk Felony Arrests

Explosives & Incendiary Devices

Law for Police Executives

DEA:     Narcotic Investigation Techniques

National Academy for 
Professional Driving:
Fire Apparatus Operation

LICENSES:  Emergency Medical Technician
Breath Analyzer Operator

CERTIFICATIONS:   Certified Police Officer
Certified Firefighter II
Certified Arson Investigator
Certified Field Training Officer


1995 - Present   Investigator State of Illinois
Inter Affairs

1977 - Present   Assistant Fire Chief  & Investigator & EMT
Marseilles Fire Protection District

1989 - 1995 Area II Commander &
K-9 Unit Coordinator/Supervisor
IL. State Fire Marshal
Division of Arson Investigation

1985 - 1989 Investigator State Fire Marshal
Division of Arson Investigation

1984- 1985  Acting Chief of Police
                                     Marseilles Police Department

1979 - 1984 Assistant Chief of Police
      Marseilles Police Department

1975 - 1979 Investigator & Juvenile Officer
      Marseilles Police Department

COMMENDATIONS:  Internal Affairs Investigation Unit
4 Commendations

Marseilles Police Department:  5 Commendations

State Fire Marshal:
1 Commendation

ATF-Arson Unit:  1 Commendation
American Legion:Heroism Commendation
Meritorious Service Comm.
Governor’s Arson Advisory Board
Arson Investigation Excellence

Fire Departments:    Numerous Commendations

INSTRUCTOR:   Marseilles Fire Department:

IL. Valley Community College:
Arson Investigation 

CIV Firemen’s Association

IL. Committee on Arson 

Professional & Civic Groups

Police & Fire Departments

MEMBERSHIPS:IL Advisory Committee on 
Arson Investigation
Former Executive Board Member 

IL. Arson Investigators Assoc.
Marseilles Firemen’s Assoc.
IL. Police Association
Ottawa Moose Lodge
President Red Knights, Chapter 11
TESTIMONY:     Qualified as an “Expert Witness” relating to arson & criminal investigations in Circuit Courts throughout
                                     Ilinois and Federal District Court in Chicago.                                    

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