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Hopkinsville Fire Chief Announces Retirement

The City of Hopkinsville has announced Fire Chief Freddie D. Montgomery, Jr. will be retiring effective August 1, 2019, after twenty-five years of service. 

Emphasizing the quality of department leadership, Montgomery stated, “In the spirit of succession planning, HFD is in great hands. I have intentionally tried to build a leadership model that would outlast me and provide quality service for the city into the future.”  

Montgomery added, “I will be forever grateful for the city of Hopkinsville and the men and women of HFD.  The leaders at the department have risen to extremely high expectations. They know discipline, they have been held accountable and they also are among the most knowledgeable fire officers in the industry.  In fact, the security and maturity of the officer core makes this job hard to leave.”  

Charged with the day-to-day oversight of city fire and county ambulance services, Montgomery has been intimately involved in:

-       Leading Hopkinsville to its best ever ranking of among the top 2% nationally in fire suppression, thereby reducing insurance coverage premiums for personal and commercial property locally

-       Managing the delivery of 2,900 fire and nearly 10,000 ambulance runs each year

-       Eliminating a $450,000 budget deficit in EMS by restructuring the EMS Management and EMS Response Model and implementing cost saving ambulance purchases and design measures

-       Securing City Council approval to fund updated air packs, a new ladder truck and training center

-       Fostering community connections and support by embodying the motto “Always Ready Always Nice”

-       Establishing an independent District Command Structure with mobile air

-       Creating an apparatus replacement plan, replacing 3 outdated fire apparatus and purchasing the city’s first platform apparatus to aid in rescue

-       Implementing technology aided response apps

-       Adding department positions of Secretary and Deputy Chief/Operations

-       Implementing higher officer training standards, increasing the training model to AEMT and Medic minimum standards and developing a 98% Firefighter 1 & 2 level department 

In recognition of his leadership and departmental successes, Montgomery was also named the 2015 Kentucky League of Cities Employee of the Year and served as 2nd Vice President for the Kentucky Fire Chiefs Association.  Mayor Carter Hendricks stated, “This is a true bittersweet announcement.  We are happy as Chief Montgomery retires and allows himself greater flexibility to pursue whatever life might bring next.  But, we know we are going to miss his leadership, teamwork and genuine compassion for our team and citizens.  There’s no doubt.  Chief Montgomery’s legacy will be felt for generations to come.” 

City officials will host a farewell reception in honor of Chief Montgomery at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16 at the Hopkinsville Municipal Center, located at 715 South Virginia Street.  The public is welcomed to attend.  For additional details regarding the reception, please call (270) 890-0200 or email ndurham@hopkinsvilleky.us.