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6/9/2009 - Greg Harrell named Deputy Fire Chief

  Contact: Chief Mike Ditzfeld, Sedalia Fire Department
Phone: (660) 826-8044
11:00 A.M. CDT, June 9, 2008


Battalion Chief Greg Harrell named Deputy Chief

(SEDALIA, MISSOURI) : Greg Harrell, a member of the Sedalia Fire Department with more than thirty (30) years of service to the community, has been appointed as the next Deputy Chief of the Sedalia Fire Department.  Harrell takes over from Deputy Chief Don Meier who is retiring June 30.

Greg Harrell graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia and was hired by the Marshall, Missouri Fire Department in 1976.  In 1979, Harrell joined the Sedalia Fire Department and has, during his career, promoted through the ranks of Firefighter, Driver (promoted 4/19/1978), and Captain (promoted 5/22/1994) to his current rank of Battalion Chief (promoted 3/23/1998).

Battalion Chief Harrell is a certified firefighter (Firefighter I/II), a former emergency medical technician (EMT), a hazardous material operator and a fire service instructor.  He has worked to build and strengthen the hazardous materials response team within the SFD and served on a statewide committee to establish the clandestine drug lab collection program that is currently in use across Missouri.  In addition to his duties with the Department, Harrell currently serves as the Emergency Response Planner for the Pettis County Health Center.

"Battalion Chief Harrell has a long and distinguished career with the Sedalia Fire Department," said Fire Chief Mike Ditzfeld.  "His extensive experience in the fire service and willingness to tackle new challenges make him a very qualified candidate and a respected leader within the Department."

"I’m looking forward to the challenge of this new leadership role," commented Battalion Chief Greg Harrell.  "It is a very exciting time for this Department and I look forward to the opportunity of working with Chief Ditzfeld to further grow and develop the professional fire service here in Sedalia".

Greg Harrell and his wife, Judy, live in Sedalia, Missouri and are members of First Methodist Church. Harrell has two children.

-City of Sedalia-