Woodward To Succeed Retiring Fire Chief Freeman
Mayor Dave Wood has appointed Mishawaka Fire Battalion Chief Bryon Woodward to succeed Dale Freeman as Fire Chief of the Mishawaka Fire Department. Freeman will retire on June 13, 2016 after a 36-year career with the Mishawaka Fire Department, having served the last 19 years as Fire Chief.
Woodward is a 20-year veteran of the Mishawaka Fire Department, having joined the department in October of 1995. During his tenure with the Mishawaka Fire Department he has been promoted to the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain and has served as Battalion Chief since 2013. Woodward is a State of Indiana Instructor II/III, Emergency Medical Technician – B and Fire Officer II along with many other certifications. He is a graduate of Mishawaka High School, holds an A.A.S. in Fire Science from Ivy Tech and is currently finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. He was also recognized as Mishawaka Firefighter of the Year in 2003.
“I have great confidence in Bryon Woodward," commented Mayor Wood. "His professional experience, leadership ability, steady temperament and infectious optimism for the future of emergency medical service and fire service in Mishawaka will serve our citizens and the department very well.
"I would also like to thank current Fire Chief Dale Freeman and his leadership team for guiding the department through its growth and leaving the department better off than they found it. The mark and legacy of any true leader is to develop talent and nurture future leaders to follow you."
Woodward’s official date of appointment as Chief of the Mishawaka Fire Department will be June 14, 2016.