Officers

Chief Jerry Taylor

Chief Taylor has 26 years serving the people of Newark and surrounding areas. Taylor works full time as an EMS provider for Wise County EMS. He brings 16 years of EMS experience to the Chief position. Chief Taylor has 2 children and 2 grandchildren. He live by the saying "The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others."

Assistant Chief Ed Hawthorne

Assistant Chief Hawthorne has been with the NFD for 6 years. During that time he has expanded and improved the training and safety programs. Hawthorne brings over 25 years of fire service experience to the position. When not volunteering his time to Newark, Asst Chief Hawthorne works as a Fire Protection Consultant. He graduated from Oklahoma State University's Fire Protection Program.

Chief (Retired) James Edgemon

Chief James Edgemon has dedicated his life to the service of his community. He has 58 years serving on NFD. No one has served longer than Chief Edgemon. He retired from General Motors where he held nearly every assembly position at some point in his career. Chief Edgemon has 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren.  

Captain Brett Davis

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Captain Justin Davis

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Lieutenant Jay Killough

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Lieutenant Rusty Peace

Lieutenant Peace is a first year officer for Newark. He brings 23 years of Fire and EMS experience to the Lieutenant and Infection Control Officer positions. Lt. Peace also leads our EMS training program. Peace is a full time Paramedic in Organ Transplant Healthcare. 

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