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Death Annoucement - Chief John W. Hartley
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Chief John Hartley

It is with heavy hearts that we post again about the loss of one of our own... 

Over the course of 66 years, Life Member and past Fire and Rescue Chief John W. Hartley has faithfully served the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad and the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, and, most notably the Bethesda-Chevy Chase communities at-large. During his extraordinary length of volunteer service, Chief Hartley assumed many operational ranks and elected positions, chaired and served on numerous committees, acted as a delegate to the Maryland State Firemen’s Association and the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association.

Since 1949, Chief Hartley has overseen both the design and maintenance of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase headquarters and its apparatus fleet of rescue squads and ambulances. He served over 30 years on its Board of Directors. For many years, he selflessly assisted neighboring fire and rescue departments with mechanical knowledge and volunteering to work on heavy duty apparatus. His lifelong devotion to the fire and rescue community is unparalleled and epitomizes the term “continuous and faithful service.”

Rest in peace Chief, you are a legend that will never be forgotten.