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Hanover Volunteer Fire Department members with former fire chief Reay Culp. Photo submitted
Special to the News
The fire chief of the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department, Reay Culp, has stepped down from his leadership post.
Culp has served the department and community for years, and his leadership has helped so many. He will continue to serve the Hanover community; however, his responsibilities with his employment are growing, as were the behind the scenes work with the fire department, so he felt it was time for another capable person to lead the department.
Under Culp’s leadership, the department improved in many areas. One very noticeable area was the addition of a second fire engine to respond to fire scenes.
Among his greatest accomplishments was lowering the community’s ISO rating from an X to a 5, which saw a reduction of home owner insurance for many. Also, during his leadership the department grew with the addition of new members.
Regarding Culp, volunteer firefighter Travis Milhan said, “I remember the day I walked into a fire meeting to join the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department and met Reay. He was always an excellent leader who knew how to run and manage a group of volunteers into a solid fire department and who served Hanover and all over the county when called upon.”
Verlon Queensberry was named the new chief of Hanover VFD to fill the vacancy left by Culp.
Quesenberry stated, “Working my way through the ranks under Reay has been a pleasure. Reay leaves behind some big boots to fill. He is a great leader with strong expectations. Now as new chief I look forward to keeping the momentum moving forward and growing our small department for our community.”
All of the members of the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department wish to publicly say “Thank you!” to Culp for his incredible service and incalculable number of hours he put into his many years as fire chief.