Chief Kevin Groody started his fire service career in January 1976 when he joined the American Hose Company in Ashland, Pennsylvania. He served that department as an engineer, EMT, Financial Secretary and Trustee. He later joined the Getzville Fire Depart in Buffalo, New York where he served as an engineer and ambulance driver. He also served the Prince George's County Fire Department in College Park, Maryland in the capacity of a firefighter.
In 1997, Chief Groody joined Worthington as a volunteer firefighter. He served Worthington as a firefighter/EMT as well as Assistant EMS Director until the spring of 2002. He was promoted to Lieutenant and later promoted to Captain before being promoted to Major in January 2005.
In August of 2007, Kevin was promoted to Career Battalion Chief. In October of 2012, Kevin was appointed Interim Fire Chief and was made permanent Chief in January 2013 served in that capacity until 2019 when Worthington merged with Anchorage Middletown.
After the merger, Chief Groody served as the Executive Assistant Fire Chief of the newly merged department.
He is a Certified EMT, IFSAC FFI and FFII Certified, Certified IFSAC Level I Instructor, Kentucky State Certified Instructor, an OSHA authorized instructor, a Confined Space Rescue Technician, a Hazardous Materials Technician and Certified Incident Safety Officer.
A 2013 graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, he serves on the Executive Fire Officer annual symposium committee.
Chief Groody's awards include the Worthington Volunteer Firefighter of the year 2002, Firemark Award for National Firefighter of the Year 2002 and Distinguished Service Citations in 2005 and 2018.
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