South Bend Fire Department Has A New Leader

Thursday, Mayor Steve Luecke named Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention, Howard Buchanon to the new chief.

The 34-year veteran officially takes over Monday.

He joined the department in 1973 and was promoted several times over the years, most recently in 2002.

“Just the idea of being able to serve the community and protect the community and just keep up, i love this fire dept, it's been my life for the past 34 years,” said Buchanon, Incoming Fire Chief, “We've been doing pretty good, we ain't missed a meal yet.”

Buchanon says he is looking forward to building on the foundation left by outgoing Chief Luther Taylor.

He is retiring after more than 20 years in charge.

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