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We honor those who served with Rural Metro Fire.  We are proud to have had these people as part of our brotherhood.  May they Rest in Peace. 


Chief Robert (Bob) Oden
1938 - 2017


Chief Oden served with Rural Metro Fire for over 40 years. 
He also served as The National Fire Chief for Rural Metro Fire.
Chief Robert (Bob) Oden






Captain Scott Ferguson
1960 - 2017



Captain Ferguson served with Rural Metro Fire for over 30 years.
He was a senior Captain with Rural Metro Fire in Pima County Arizona
Captain Scott Ferguson







Firefighter Sean Snyder
1980 - 2016

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Firefighter Sean Snyder served with Rural Metro Fire for 12 years.
He was a firefighter/EMTM/HAZMAT Technician in Yuma County, Arizona. 
In 2006 and 2008, he was awarded firefighter of the year .
Firefighter Sean Snyder


 Lou Witzeman
1924 - 2004



Lous Witzeman was the founder of Rural Metro Fire. 
Mr. Witzeman founded the organization after he witnessed a neighbor's home burn to the ground. He opened the doors of the company in February of 1948 with one fire engine and 4 firefighters. Rural Metro Fire continues to be a leading national provider of fire protection services in unincorporated communites, based upon Lou Witzeman's original principles.
Our Founder, Lou Witzeman