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Posted: Thursday, 27 February 2014 8:20AM

Montgomery Selected To Be New Fire Chief

A longtime Hopkinsville firefighter is set to take over the reins of the Hopkinsville Fire Department. Mayor Dan Kemp announced Thursday morning that Freddie Montgomery has been selected to be city’s new Fire Chief, succeeding retiring Fire Chief Fagan Pace. Pending formal approval from the Hopkinsville City Council, Montgomery will be appointed to officially assume his new duties as Chief beginning April 1st. The News Edge spoke to Montgomery at the scene of the Liberty Street Fire Thursday morning.

In making the announcement, Kemp stated it was a testament to the caliber of the fire department staff that the city could promote from within the ranks to fill the position. Along with more than 19 years of fire and emergency response experience, Montgomery brings three years’ military service and related leadership training to the job. Montgomery currently serves as Fire Battalion Chief. He says he hopes to continue the good work the HFD has been doing over the past several years and continuing to grow with the city.

A highlight during Montgomery's tenure is being assigned to President George W. Bush’'s detail during his Presidential and Vice Presidential teams’ visits to Hopkinsville in 2005.

Before moving into firefighting in 1994, Montgomery began his career with the Army where he was awarded a U.S. Army Achievement Medal and a U.S. Army Combat Lifesaver Certification. Montgomery has also been active in the community as a career speaker and mentor at a number of local schools, a two-term board member for the American Red Cross, and alumnus of the Focus 21st Century and Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County programs.

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