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Gary R. Hawbaker

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The Hagerstown Fire Department

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The Hagerstown Fire Department

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Hagerstown Fire Department Chief Gary Hawbaker said Glaze was the only woman to make it past rigorous agility testing.

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In letters to the commissioners, Washington County Director of Emergency Services Kevin Lewis, the Maryland State Firemen's Association, Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker and the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association expressed support for the requirement.

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HAGERSTOWN - As they prepare to retire from the business of firefighting, Gary Hawbaker and Ron Horn would like people to understand they have spent their adult lives doing more than putting out fires.

"Our efforts since 1987 in the Hagerstown Fire Department have resulted in a 75 percent decrease in structure fires," said Hawbaker, a Greencastle, Pa., native who has been fire chief in Hagerstown since 1985. He is proud of that record, which seems to illustrate the worth of the department's efforts at fire prevention, efforts he said will continue.
Hawbaker, 62, said the department's annual door-to-door survey is under way. Started as a way to promote and install smoke detectors, the program puts firefighters in homes to meet residents, and to spot and solve potential problems. That often includes providing free smoke detectors and installation.
The survey has grown to involve prevention efforts for older residents, installation of handrails and identification of other needs to increase safety for all who live in the residences, Hawbaker said.
The department recently earned a safe community designation for Hagerstown for its injury prevention programs.
After serving as chief of the Greencastle, Pa., fire department, Hawbaker spent five years in Minneapolis working as a fire investigator for a law firm.
Hawbaker was lured back to his roots, taking over as chief in June 1985.
Now that retirement is looming, Hawbaker said his job has changed from active firefighting to day-to-day management of resources. Hawbaker also insists his future plans are flexible.
"I vowed I wasn't going to retire to take another job," Hawbaker said.
When Hawbaker vacates his chair at HFD headquarters in the Hagerstown Market Building, he won't be going alone.
Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker, left, and Deputy Chief Ron Horn will soon be retiring.
Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker, left, and Deputy Chief Ron Horn will soon be retiring.

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Gary Hawbaker has been the city's fire chief since June 10, 1985, when he was hired, the city said in a news release.

He plans to retire effective June 25.
The city has appointed William "Kyd" Dieterich to be acting fire chief after Hawbaker and Horn retire.
Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker
Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker
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Shortly after Ron became deputy fire chief, Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker was sidelined by illness - a tough time for Ron to go solo in a new job.

Gary hired her for that position.
"From the first day, I knew she was the right person for the job," Gary said. "It was her attitude and that giggly laugh we came to know."
Over the years, Gary said Cindy earned the reputation of always greeting firefighters and visitors with a smile and a helpful attitude.

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