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Prescott Fire Chief Don Devendorf retires after 37 years

Posted at 4:48 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-01 18:48:00-05

PRESCOTT, AZ — Prescott Fire Marshal and Chief Don Devenporf has retired after 37 years!

Prescott FD celebrated his career Friday night with a "multitude of ceremonial axes." These axes are very symbolic to the department. One axe with a note that says, "Thank you for your 37 years of Excellence in Service and Dedication to the citizens of Prescott."

Another axe was presented by the Prescott Fire Captain and the vice president of the firefighter's union Local 3066 from Prescott, Jim Kennedy. Another axe was presented from the department's personnel.

A release from the department says the last axe was "mounted and ornamented with a red line as well as a blue line representing Devendorf's dedication to the two public safety branches. The plaque also displayed a fire department patch which was in use when he joined in 1983 as well as contemporary patches from both the fire and police departments."

Devendorf has served as a firefighter, engineer, captain and then battalion chief before becoming the fire marshal. According to a press release, he was also the department's first paramedic and was cross trained with the Prescott Police Department's SWAT team.

"Prescott Fire is grateful for Devendorf's multiple decades of service to his department and our community and wishes him all the best in retirement."