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CITY OF BERKELEY – FIRE DEPARTMENT

PAST FIRE CHIEFS

James Kenney – Fire Chief of the volunteer fire department from 1896 to 1904, when he became the first paid Fire Chief, when the City of Berkeley established its paid fire department.  He passed away March 23, 1916.

G. Sidney Rose – Fire Chief from April 1, 1916, until his death from a heart attack on April 24, 1927.

George Haggerty – Fire Chief from May 1, 1927 through August 12, 1938.  Disability pension, as a result of an explosion on December 1931.

John S. Eichelberger – Fire Chief from August 18, 1938 through September 12, 1941.

William Meinheit – Fire Chief from September 12, 1941 through August 1, 1953.

James H. LeStrange – Fire Chief from September 30, 1953 through November 2, 1956.  (Acting Fire Chief from March 17, 1952).

Chester W. Moller – Fire Chief from March 1, 1957 through September 1, 1964.  Passed away from a heart attack while touring Venice, Italy in October 2004.

G. Rodney Porter – Fire Chief from September 1, 1964 through February 16, 1971.

Robert H. Kearney – Fire Chief from February 16, 1971 through October 31, 1974.

Victor Porter – Fire Chief from November 16, 1974 through December 29, 1989.

Gary L. Cates – Fire Chief from February 18, 1990 through 7/11/97.

Reginald Garcia – Fire Chief from July 14, 1997 through September 17, 2004.

Debra Pryor – Fire Chief from December 13, 2004 through December 28, 2012.

 

 

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