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Hendricks Recommends Futrell to Lead Hopkinsville Fire & EMS

Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks has recommended 20-year fire service veteran and Interim Fire Chief Steve Futrell to permanently serve in the role continuing his oversight of city fire protection and countywide ambulance services.  Futrell’s appointment to the post will be considered by City Council on September 17. 

Mayor Hendricks stated, “I am excited to nominate Interim Chief Steve Futrell to assume leadership as the Chief of the Hopkinsville Fire Department. Steve’s experience and knowledge of our services combined with his positive attitude, vision for the department, and deep love for Hopkinsville made him the best choice. I am confident Interim Chief Futrell will take HFD to the next level upon council’s approval.” 

A lifelong Christian County resident, Futrell said “I am very excited and humbled by this opportunity. Hopkinsville Fire Department is a strong department and it is truly an honor to have the opportunity to lead them into the future.” 

Prior to his promotion as Interim Fire Chief, Futrell served as the department’s Deputy Chief of Operations and Assistant EMS Director for over two years. Along with over two decade’s experience, Futrell’s many accomplishments include:

  • receiving the 2018 Fire Chiefs Excellence Award, 2016 Fire Officer of the Year Award (as selected by all HFD personnel), Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award, and the Kentucky Board of EMS Recognition Award;
  • graduating from the National Fire Academy New Fire Chief course and from Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County; and
  • serving as a Relay for Life Team Captain, United Way campaign team member, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Program mentor. 
Futrell currently attends Hopkinsville Community College where he will complete his Associates Degree in Fire Science the fall. A Hopkinsville High School alumnus, Futrell and his wife Denise have been married for 23 years. They have two sons, Jonathan and William.

Mayor Hendricks extended sincere thanks to members of the selection panel for lending their time and talents to the process. Selection panel members included City Council members Amy Craig, Wendell Lynch, and Terry Parker; Fort Campbell Fire Chief Robert Coonce; Oak Grove Mayor Theresa Jarvis; City Administrator Troy Body; and Human Resources Officer Kenneth Grabara.

For additional information, please direct questions to Human Resources Officer Kenneth Grabara by phone at (270) 890-0264 or by email at