Fire Department Staff Changes
Brandon Sawyer started his career with the department on May 13, 2013.
Sawyer is a resident of the York area, and is the son of Tony Sawyer, a firefighter with the Manchester Township Fire Department. Sawyer graduated from the 50th Fire Academy at Harrisburg Area Community College on December 20, 2013.
Johnathan Brown started his career with the department on February 18, 2013.
Brown came to the Department by way of New Mexico, and found the job opportunity via the Internet. Brown graduated from the 49th Fire Academy at Harrisburg Area Community College on April 12, 2013.
Firefighter Jason Rhoades, Sr. retired on April 1, 2014.
Rhoades is a 20-and-a-half year veteran of the department, and served in the U.S. Army prior to joining the department.
Rhoades served on the department's A Platoon before successfully bidding on an assignment as an inspector in the Fire Prevention Bureau, where he worked until his retirement.
Firefighter Terry L. Newcomer retired on February 28, 2014.
Newcomer is a 20-and-a-half-year veteran of the department, and previousy served as a volunteer for the Lincoln Fire Company in York City. Terry's brother, Donald, is also a career member of the department.
Newcomer served the majority of his career on the department's C Platoon, retiring from his regular assignment at the Lincoln station where he stared as a volunteer. Newcomer was the recipient of the Academic Award at the Ninth HACC Fire Academy in 1993. Newcomer was a recipient of a Unit Citation for actions taken at the Rodeway Inn fire on February 2, 2013.
Firefighter Kenneth E. Sheffer retired on April 8, 2013.
Sheffer is a 28-year veteran of the Department, after previously serving 13 years as a volunteer firefighter for the Department. Sheffer’s family has an extensive history with the department. His uncle, George V. Sheffer, retired as an Assistant Chief, and his brother, George E. Sheffer, Sr., retired as a career Firefighter. His father, Edward Sheffer, was a longtime volunteer with the Laurel Fire Company.
Sheffer is one of the most decorated firefighters in the Department. Sheffer was recognized as the Firefighter of the Year in 1988, and is the recipient of several Letters of Commendation, a Chief's Commendation for his part in the rescue of a fire victim on South Queen Street in June of 2000, and an Award of Merit and national recognition for a dramatic rescue of a civilian from a fire on E. King St. in March of 1988.
Sheffer also is involved in giving back to our community. He is active with Habitat for Humanity and had a lead role in the fire safety build on East Poplar Street recently. Those homes were outfitted with residential sprinkler systems. Sheffer also remains active in the administration of the Laurel Fire Company.
Captain Ronald L. Dennis retired on March 27, 2013..
Dennis is a 26-year veteran of the Department, after serving as a volunteer with the Rex Hook & Ladder Company and the then Stoverstown Fire Company. Dennis' great-grandfather, Harry Wills, was Chief of the Department in the early 1900s, and his grandfather, J. W. Wills served with the Vigilant Fire Company, having died in the line of duty in March 1957 as the result of fighting a fire in the Rothert Furniture building.
Dennis served the majority of his career as a firefighter on the Department's B Platoon. He was awarded a Chief's Commendations for his actions at a natural gas explosion on West College Avenue on March 10, 2007. On September 7, 2010, Dennis was promoted to Captain and served in the Fire Prevention Bureau.
Jeffrey A. Miller was promoted to Captain on January 22, 2013.
Miller is a twenty-year veteran of the Department, serving most of his career as a Firefighter on the Department's D Platoon. Miller has been assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau.