Fire Department Staff Changes
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.
Chad A. Deardorff was promoted to Assistant Chief on August 28, 2014.
Assistant Chief Deardorff started his career with the department on March 6th 1995. He was promoted to Captain on March 20th 2009. 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, Fire Officer I & II, Fire Inspector I & II and Fire Instructor. Deardorff is currently studying for his bachelor’s degree. His last assignment before promotion was Captain on B Platoon.
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.
Administrative Assistant Stephanie Seredych retired on September 2, 2014
Steph began working for the City of York in 1975, and came to the Department in 1980 when she began working in the Fire Prevention Bureau, where she continued to work until her retirement. She was instrumental in the management of the tenant-occupied property licensing program.
Assistant Chief Larry A. Shroyer retired on August 6, 2014.
Shroyer is a 34-year veteran of the department, and previously served as a volunteer firefighter for the Lincoln Fire Company in York City. Shroyer served in the United States Air Force prior to joining the department. He is the son of Retired Firefighter William Shroyer.
Shroyer served as a firefighter on the department’s A Platoon and in the Fire Prevention Bureau prior to being promoted to Lieutenant in January of 2000. Shroyer was promoted to Assistant Chief in January of 2009, serving in the Fire Prevention Bureau, D Platoon and served as the commander of C Platoon until his retirement. He is an accredited Fire Officer I, Fire Inspector I and II and Building Code Official. He is the recipient of a Chief’s Commendation, several Letters of Commendation and a Unit Citation.
Firefighter Gordon F. Myers, Jr. retired on April 27, 2014.
Myers is a 20-and-a-half year veteran of the department, and previously served as a volunteer for the Vigilant Fire Company in York City. Myers remains active in administration of the Vigilant Fire Company and the York Volunteer Firefighters Relief Association.
Myers saved the taxpayers of the City countless dollars by performing various maintenance tasks in house. This included vehicle repairs, maintenance and repairs to department hand held lighting equipment and was a repair technician for the department's self-contained breathing apparatus. Myers was also a state certified First Responder.
Myers served the majority of his career on the department's C Platoon, retiring from his regular assignment at the Vigilant station where he started as a volunteer. Myers attended to Ninth HACC Fire Academy, and was the department's 2000 Firefighter of the Year. Myers is also the recipient of a Letter of Commendation and of a Unit Citation for actions taken at the Rodeway Inn fire on February 2, 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.
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.