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Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Regrets to Announce Passing of Past Chief John F. “Jake” Mattingly

It is with deepest sympathy that the membership of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department and its Auxiliary announce the passing of Past Chief John F. “Jake” Mattingly. Jake Joined the department in 1952 and served as Fire Chief from 1962 – 1965 and 1967 – 1972. As member of the department and over his many years of service he held all operational positions in the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department. His major fire events while serving as Chief included the 1963 Compton Woods Fire that burned over 1000 acres and the major fire at Stewart’s Petroleum fuel farm when one of the tanks was struck by lightning. He was inducted into the SMVFA Hall of Fame in 2013. He attended the Maryland State Firemen’s Association every year from 1949 until he retired from active service and always looked forward to the Ocean City Convention. Jake was a strong advocate for training and was instrumental in establishing the “Regional Training Program” in 1968. He was proud being chairman of the Committee to purchase our 1971 Seagrave Engine 17, our first diesel powered engine. In October 2014, the membership of the department dedicated our Seagrave Engine 14 to Jake for all of his […]

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