Fort Leavenworth assistant fire chief to retire

By Mark Rountree
Leavenworth Times – June 25, 2015

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A longtime Fort Leavenworth firefighter soon will be hanging up his helmet.
Bruce E. Davis, 51, will end a 33-year career when he retires as assistant chief June 30.
“It’s time to retire,” Davis said. “It has been most rewarding knowing what I did made a difference in someone’s life and the people that I worked with.”
The Fort Leavenworth Fire Department held a luncheon for Davis Wednesday at the Frontier Conference Center at Fort Leavenworth. His family will host a roast in his honor at 6 p.m. Friday at June’s Northland.
Davis’ work in fire service includes three years with the United States Navy and 30 years at the Fort Leavenworth Fire Department.
Davis graduated from Leavenworth High School in May 1982. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1982-1985 as a shipboard firefighter.
In December 1986, he was hired as a firefighter trainee with the Fort Leavenworth Fire Department.
He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in February 1996 and captain in June 2007, making him the first African-American to hold that position at the Fort Leavenworth Department, according to a press release.
In December 2008, he was promoted to the assistant fire chief of operations.
Davis is the first and highest ranking African-American in the fire service in Leavenworth County, according to a press release.
Davis received his associate’s degree in fire science technology from Barton County Community College in 2009.
In 2012, at age 48, he graduated cum laude from Upper Iowa University with a bachelor’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in fire science.
There is a display dedicated to Davis at the Richard Allen Cultural Center in Leavenworth. His shirt and a photo are on display in the tutoring area.
Davis and his wife, Glenda, have one daughter, Janay, and two sons, Troy and Austin.

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