Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Chief set to retire in March 2021

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Officials say Roanoke County's Fire and Rescue Chief Stephen G. Simon will be retiring on March 1, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department)

Officials say Roanoke County’s Fire and Rescue Chief Stephen G. Simon will be retiring on March 1, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department)

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — After more than 25 years of service as a Roanoke County first responder and five years as the county’s Fire and Rescue Chief, Stephen G. Simon is getting ready for retirement.

According to the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department, Simon announced Monday, Dec. 7, that he is set to retire, effective March 1, 2021.

The department says this announcement comes after Simon notified Roanoke County Administrator Daniel O’Donnell of his decision last week.

“I have been blessed to serve the community as a member of the Roanoke County Fire &
Rescue Department, and privileged to have had the opportunity to lead the organization,” said
Simon. “I am grateful to the men and women of the Department who provide the exceptional
service our citizens have come to expect.”

“Steve has had a long and distinguished career in public service,” said O’Donnell. “He is to be
commended for his dedication to the profession and to serving the citizens of Roanoke County.
We will miss his leadership and guidance but wish him well in the next phase of life.”

According to officials, Simon began his service with Roanoke County in 1994 as a paramedic/firefighter for the department, where he was promoted through the ranks to Fire Lieutenant, EMS Captain, Battalion Chief, and Deputy Chief.

Simon has served in the role of Fire and Rescue Chief of Roanoke County since July 2015.

Before joining Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department, officials say Simon worked as a paramedic for Roanoke City after kicking off his career in 1986 with the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department in Prince William County.

In addition to his career as a first responder, the department says Simon has served as adjunct faculty for Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Hampton University, and Radford University.

Simon has also reportedly served as a representative for Roanoke County on the board of the Western Virginia EMS Council for 17 years, as well as on multiple regional, state, and federal committees working toward the betterment of Fire-EMS services for Roanoke County.

Roanoke County officials say an interim Fire and Rescue Chief will be named in the next few months.

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