Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright was named Fire Chief of the Year by the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri during the association's annual convention in St. Joseph over the weekend.

Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright was named Fire Chief of the Year by the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri during the association’s annual convention in St. Joseph over the weekend. This award is presented to the one individual who best exemplifies the characteristics of a chief officer who has an outstanding record of fire service achievements and leadership. These characteristics encompass all aspects of dedication, loyalty, productivity, professionalism and commitment. Wright was nominated for the award from within the Chillicothe department. Wright stated that the award is a reflection of accomplishments made possible by city leaders and the fire department members. “I have good people around me,” Wright said. “If I didn’t have a good group of people at City Hall to back me and a good group of people at the station, these things could not have happened.” Other members of the fire department attending the convention were Eric Reeter, Ed Daugherty, Les Hinnen, Dave Gillespie, Derick Allen and Zach Parks. Also attending were Wright’s wife, Deanna, and son, Matt. Wright joined the Chillicothe Fire Department in 1983 and became chief in 2008. Last year, Wright was named the 2017 Administrator of the Year by the Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association.