After 37 years serving the community, Prescott Fire Department’s Fire Marshal/Division Chief Don Devendorf has retired. His last day of service was January 30. During his tenure, Chief Devendorf served as a man of many hats, moving through the ranks as a firefighter, engineer, and captain before becoming a battalion chief. Later in his career he fulfilled the role of Fire Marshal. He had served on the department’s wildland off-district team when the program was in its infancy. He was also one of the department’s first paramedics. As a paramedic, he was a valuable resource when serving as a cross-trained member of Prescott Police Department’s SWAT team.
A celebration of his career was held on January 31st at the Prescott Brewing Company. Chief Devendorf was presented with a multitude of ceremonial axes. Fire Chief Dennis Light presented Devendorf with a mounted axe that stated, “Thank you for your 37 years of Excellence in Service and Dedication to the Citizens of Prescott.” Prescott Fire Captain Jim Kennedy, as Vice President of the firefighter’s union Local 3066 Prescott Chapter, gave Devendorf an axe from the union and then followed it up with a third axe given by the department’s personnel. 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.
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.