OC Fire Chief To Retire This Spring

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City Fire Department Chief Chris Larmore announced last week he will be retiring before the start of the upcoming summer season.

Larmore was hired as fire chief in 2008 during a turbulent time when the town of Ocean City combined its career paid division and its volunteer division and had led the department for over a decade. Serving as the merged department’s first chief, Larmore oversees the various divisions including the career division, the volunteer division and the fire marshal’s office. He was been a member of the department for nearly three decades.

“I have been honored to serve as a member of the volunteer fire company for over 27 years and most recently served as fire chief for the Ocean City Fire Department,” he said. “I am thankful for the men and women I work with each and every day, and for the opportunity to serve the community that has been my home for most of my life.”

Although an official date has not been announced, Larmor is expected to retire before the start of the upcoming summer season. City Manager Doug Miller praised Larmore for shepherding the department through a time of great transition.

“Chief Larmore led the department through both changing and challenging times,” he said. “He played a vital role in the successful merging of our volunteer division and our EMS division. He exemplified the slogan ‘united to serve’ and he service will most certainly be missed.”

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.