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Freddie Montgomery Slated to Lead Hopkinsville Fire Department & Ambulance Services

Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp has selected 19.5-year fire department veteran Freddie Montgomery as the city’s new fire chief.  Succeeding retiring Fire Chief Fagan Pace, Montgomery will be appointed to officially assume duties as chief beginning April 1st upon City Council approval.

fire chiefMayor Kemp stated, “It is a testament to the caliber of our fire department staff that we could promote our next chief from within the ranks.  We are confident that, under Freddie Montgomery’s proven leadership, the professionalism and dedication our fire and ambulance services personnel have become known for will only continue to flourish.”

“I am truly humbled by the confidence that Mayor Kemp and his administration have placed in me,” Montgomery said.  “I am excited for the opportunity to serve Hopkinsville and the greater Christian County community in this new capacity.”

Along with over 19 years of fire and emergency response experience, Montgomery brings three years’ military service and related leadership training to the job.  Montgomery currently serves as Fire Battalion Chief following a number of promotions within the department.  A highlight during his tenure was being assigned to President George W. Bush’s detail during his presidential and vice presidential teams’ visits to Hopkinsville in 2005.  Before moving into firefighting in 1994, Montgomery began his career with the US Army where he was awarded a US Army Achievement Medal and a US Army Combat Lifesaver Certification.

Montgomery has also been very active in the community as a career speaker and mentor at a number of local schools, a two-term board member for the American Red Cross, and alumnus of the Focus 21st Century and Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County programs.

Mayor Kemp extended sincere thanks to members of the selection panel for their time and devotion to choosing a candidate in the best interests of the residents of Hopkinsville.   In addition to Mayor Kemp, selection panel members included City Council members Charlie Henderson and Paul Henson; citizen members Kevin Baylor (Fire Chief, Fort Campbell Fire Department) and Laura Thomas (Human Resources Manager, Riken Elastomers Corporation); as well as City Administrative Officer Nate Pagan, Hopkinsville Fire Chief Fagan Pace, and Human Resources Officer Kenneth Grabara.

City officials look forward to scheduling a public reception in Montgomery’s honor soon after his appointment.

Please direct questions to Human Resources Officer Kenneth Grabara by phone at (270) 890-0264 or by email at