you mention the name “Steve Dempsey” anywhere in Stafford County, one immediately
associates it with Hartwood Volunteer Fire Department. Steve has
been Chief of Hartwood since it's beginning in 1966.
It all began when his next
door neighbor, Bessie Patton’s home burned to the ground before the closest
fire department could arrive, which at the time was Falmouth. Unfortunately
this was a tragedy that could strike anyone in the small community of Hartwood.
It was this event that sparked the building of the Hartwood Volunteer Fire
Department. Funding was assisted by the Hartwood Community League
until 1973 when it was dissolved. Steve and the other members held
fund raisers to keep the money coming in to support their Department.
Since that time, Steve has not stopped his relentless dedication to ensure
that the Hartwood Volunteer Fire Department members have the best training,
the best equipment and the best leadership obtainable.
For 33 years Steve has been
solely dedicated to the community, the department and to the county of
Stafford as well. He has served as President of the Stafford Fire
Chiefs Association for a number of years and has been a member of the Stafford
Fire and Emergency Medical Services Commission since 1992, when it was
formed. Steve has completed Firefighter #1, Firefighter #2 and Firefighter
#3 and he continuously encourages his firefighters and EMS personnel to
continue their training. Steve has been a staunch supporter
of the Junior Firefighter/EMS program at Hartwood. He has directed
his training officers to implement training programs for these young people
to give them a head start on their training. He has also been very
supportive of the new Ambulance that will be arriving late January, early
February to the Department.
If you have ever read the
poem, “Show me a Volunteer” it is written, for
and about Steve Dempsey. He not only dedicates his time to the volunteer
fire department, he is also very active at Richland Baptist Church.
Steve’s wife Barbara should
also be praised. She knows first hand what it's like to live through
the sacrifices made not only by a firefighter, but by their families as
well. It takes a special person to be a firefighter and it also takes
a special person to love, admire and respect what that firefighter stands
This tribute is to our Chief,
Mentor and Friend....Lindsey Stephen Dempsey.
Hartwood Volunteer Fire
(written by Carolyn Dickinson
EMT/Hartwood Volunteer Fire Department)
Editors note: "Steve" steps
down as fire chief this month as Kevin Dickinson takes his place as chief.
Kevin is slated to be featured in People of Fredericksburg next month.
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looking for people to feature in our People of Fredericksburg section
of SimplyFredericksburg. If you know someone that would make a great person to feature, please contact us here