Fire Department Staff Changes
William L. Collins was promoted to Captain on November 2, 2015
Before starting his career with the Department on March 10, 1997, Captain Collins served our country as a member of the United States Marine Corp. Captain Collins has been recognized for heroic actions several times throughout his career, including the dramatic rescue of a child from a fire on South Queen Street in 1999. Captain Collins was also named the Department’s Firefighter of the Year in 2013.Captain Collins had been assigned as a firefighter at Station 2 on D Platoon. He will be serving as the Captain on D Platoon in his new position of Captain. Captain Collins promotion to Captain changed the history within the Department as he is the first African American to be promoted within the Department.
Chad A. Deardorff was promoted to Deputy Chief on June 1, 2015
Deputy Chief Deardorff started his career with the department of March 6th 1995. He was promoted to Captain on October 20, 2008 and then to Assistant Chief on August 28th 2014. Deardorff has received numerous awards during his career. He received the Chief's Commendation in 1998 and 2006 for rescuing civilians from fires. He also received the 2005 Firefighter of the Year award. Deardorff maintains several certifications including EMT-B, Fire Officer I & II, Fire Inspector I & II and Fire Instructor I & II. Deardorff is also a PA State certified fire instructor. Deardorff has a bachelor's degree in Fire Science and is currently working on his Masters degree in Business Administration/Public Administration. His last assignment before promotion was Assistant Chief on C Platoon.
William H. Sleeger, Jr. was promoted to Captain on May 29, 2015
Captain Sleeger started his career with the department on March 9, 1992. Prior to that he served in the United State Navy from 1988 to 1996. Sleeger was also a volunteer firefighter with the department prior to his appointment. Sleeger has received numerous awards during his career. He received the Chief's Commendation for his role in the rescue of a civilian from a fire as well a Letter of Commendation for his role in performing CPR on a patient while on vacation in Florida. He also received the 1997 Firefighter of the Year award. His last assignment before promotion was Station 99-2 on A Platoon.
David J. Ferguson was promoted to Assistant Chief on May 04, 2015
Assistant Chief Ferguson started his career with the department on March 11th 1996. He was promoted to Captain on March 20th 2009. Ferguson has received numerous awards during his career. He received a Unit Citation for his efforts on a fire in February 2013 at the Rodeway Inn on N. George St. He also received the 2002 Firefighter of the Year award. Ferguson maintains several certifications including Firefighter I & II & Fire Inspector I. His last assignment before promotion was Captain on C Platoon.
David L. Bowman was promoted to Captain on December 16, 2014.
Captain Bowman started his career with the department on March 6, 1995. Prior to that, he served as a member of the department's Exploring program and was a volunteer firefighter with the Laurel Fire Company. He is a graduate of the 12th HACC Fire Academy. Bowman received the department's 2003 Firefighter of the Year Award and is the recipient of a Letter f Commendation for actions taken at a fire in 2013. His last assignment prior to promotion was as a firefighter on the department's B Platoon.
Deputy Chief Gregory C. Halpin retired on June 1, 2015
Halpin is a 33-year veteran of the department. Halpin is a former member of Fire/Rescue Explorer Post #610 and became a volunteer member of the department in 1977. On August 18, 1981, Halpin was appointed to the York City Fire Department as a career member. Halpin was promoted to Lieutenant on May 6, 1995, serving in Fire Prevention and on A and B Platoons. Halpin was promoted to Assistant Chief on January 7, 2000, and spent the majority of his time as Assistant Chief on C Platoon. Halpin is also a life-long resident of the City of York.
Halpin is a recipient of the Chief's Commendation for his part in detaining two suspects who attempted to break into a City business near the Laurel/Rex Fire Station.
His community service includes serving on the board of Directors of the Fire Museum of York County, the Police Heritage Museum, and the Maryland and Pennsylvania railroad Historical Society. He has also recently been announced as the 1st Historian for the York City Fire Departments.
The Halpin family has a long history in the York City Fire Department. His father, William, served the Department for 36 years, retiring as an Assistant Chief in 1991. His brother, Richard, served 34 years and retired as Deputy Chief. His brother, Barry, retired with 30 years of service and his brother, Jim, retired with 20 years of service, both retiring as firefighters.
Captain Robert H. Behler retired on March 6, 2015
Behler is a 20-year veteran of the department, and served in the Army prior to joining the department.
Behler served as a firefighter on the department’s B Platoon prior to being promoted to Captain in March of 2009. Behler served as the Captain of D Platoon until his retirement. He is an accredited Building Code Official and a PA Department of Health Emergency Medical Technician-Basic.
Firefighter Scott W. Ott retired on January 4, 2015.
Ott is a 21-year veteran of the Department, and served as a volunteer for the Rex Hook and Ladder Company No. 1. He is the son of the late Beauford W. "Bud" Ott, a former longtime volunteer firefighter and officer of the Rex Hook and Ladder Company. Scott remains active in the Foremens - Presidents - Fire Chief Association of the York City Fire Department where he serves as Secretary. Ott's son Marc is also currently a career firefighter in the department.
Ott is one of the original members of the York County Hazardous Materials Response Team, where he still continues to volunteer and presently serves as a Captain and Hazardous Materials Technician. He has also volunteered on several missions with his church to the Gulfport and Biloxi areas of Mississippi to assist with the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
Ott served as a career firefighter on the department's D Platoon, retiring from his regular position at the Vigilant station. He started as a volunteer firefighter of the Rex Hook and Ladder Company since September 1969. Ott attended the Tenth HACC Fire Academy in 1994, where he received the Outstanding Academic Award. Ott is the recipient of several Letters of Commendation from the department.
Steven B. Bowman, Jr. and Clifton R. Frederick, IV started their careers with the department on June 23, 2014.
Bowman is a resident of the York area, and is the son of career firefighter Steven Bowman.
Frederick is a resident of the York area, and served as a volunteer firefighter prior to being hired by the department.
Both will attend the 52nd Fire Academy at Harrisburg Area Community College in the fall.