Naylor departs as York volunteer fire chief

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York Fire Chief John Naylor and his wife, Rita Naylor, greet visitors at York Fest in this IR file photo. 

Lacey Middlestead, for the Independent Record

After more than 21 years at the York Volunteer Fire Department, Chief John Naylor announced his departure this week.

Naylor retired from the military before moving to York nearly 22 years ago. Soon after arriving he joined the fire department.

“Probably the biggest thing is that I served in the military for a long time and felt the need to serve and give back, it felt like something I should be doing,” he said. “I got into the EMS business to make a difference and I loved working with the firefighters and the community made it really worthwhile.”

Naylor became assistant chief in 2010 and chief in 2014. During his tenure the department added a fire station near the El Dorado Heights subdivision, the third for York’s fire service area, and named it in memory of the late Don Zimmerman, an assistant chief who died of pancreatic cancer in December.

In a news release, the board of trustees

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