05/18/12 326 W - + 9 - 3 Wake County Fire Chiefs Past and Present - Version 1

For your Friday enjoyment, here's a project that I've been idly playing with. Wake County fire chiefs past and present. If my math is correct, same contains 244 unique names from 36 departments and dating to 1870. Still incomplete for a few departments, alas. Apex, Cary, Fairgrounds, Falls, Holly Springs Rural, Morrisville, Rolesville, Six Forks, Wake Forest #2, Wake Forest Rural, Wendell, Western Boulevard, Yrac, and Zebulon. But top people are researching the gaps. Thanks for everyone's help so far, and going forward.

View the list of Wake County Fire Chiefs (PDF)

The list is presently posted to this blog. We'll place it in a better location on legeros.com later. Readers are entirely invited to check my work. Corrects are encouraged! Now, let's slice and dice and the data and bit...

Longest Serving

Died in Office

Common Last Name**

Future Computations

Would be interesting to calculate total service for folks who served as chief for two or departments. And to calculate who also served in other departments, and outside Wake County. That list would be pretty honkin' huge.

*In 2003, Knightdale FD changed their name to Eastern Wake FD.
**Check my math on those counts. And we'll be adding more names to the master list, of course.

Mickey Denning was chief at Yrac in January 1979. That’s when I started. Sam Matthews was chief when I left in 1986 or so.
DJ - 05/18/12 - 08:32

Chief Jimmy Keith of Wake Forest Fire died while in office, 2004.
The Real JG - 05/18/12 - 13:07

A correction for Wake Forest – should read “Albert Perry”
A.C. Rich - 05/20/12 - 12:16

Thanks JG and AC. Not sure who “Albert Woods” was! Must be mysterious kin to FW…
Legeros - 05/20/12 - 12:19

Danny Rogers was chief at YRAC for a term so was TIm Murphy. Not sure of the dates.
Kermit - 05/20/12 - 19:43

Version 2 posted, and adds an index!
Legeros - 05/26/12 - 09:30

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