Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Two Chiefs Retire at the End of 2019

January 2, 2020

Two Chiefs with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services retired at the end of 2019.

Danny West, who served as the Division Chief of Support Services and the EMS Chief over medical operations, retired on December 27th, 2019.  Chief West began serving the community at age 12 with the junior firefighter program with Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department. After graduating high school in 1990, he began his career with Cherokee County after being hired by Oak Grove Fire Department as a Firefighter/EMT. In 1994, Chief West, on his own time, attended paramedic school becoming one of very few paramedics within the agency.

Battalion Chief, Gary Vaughan, also retired from the fire department last month.  According to Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson, “Gary Vaughan was one of the founding members of the Holbrook Campground Volunteer Fire Department and also served as the department’s Fire Chief for some time.” Chief Vaughan was hired on as a career firefighter on June 14th, 1999, as a Battalion Chief.

Both of these Chiefs had 50+ years of combined career service as career firefighters, plus numerous years as volunteer firefighters, too.

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services congratulates Danny West and Gary Vaughan for their service to the citizens of Cherokee County.  Thanks to you both for a job well done and we wish you many happy years of retirement.

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Chief Danny West (left) and Chief Gary Vaughan (right) retired from the fire department at the end of last month.
Chief Danny West (left) and Chief Gary Vaughan (right) retired from the fire department at the end of last month. (click image for slideshow)
Chief West (left) and Chief Vaughan (right) enjoy a breakfast in their honor last month.
Chief West (left) and Chief Vaughan (right) enjoy a breakfast in their honor last month.