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After serving as Chief for 16 years, Papillion Fire Chief Bill Bowes has announced his retirement

PAPILLION, Nebraska – Bill Bowes, the fire chief of Papillion, has announced his retirement.

Bowes has served as Papillion Fire Department Chief for sixteen years.

Bowes, according to the Papillion Fire Department, has witnessed numerous significant events throughout his tenure there. 2009 saw the opening of a new fire station, while 2010 saw the department’s transformation to a professional workforce.

Bowes helped bring professional fire and emergency medical services to the city of La Vista in 2014.

David Black, the mayor, remarked, “Bill has been the perfect leader.” “He has led the department through significant development and change, and he has been a dependable, approachable presence in each of the communities that the agency serves. Bill is a person of high moral character, and we’ve been fortunate to have him influence our workforce positively through our employee leadership program. We appreciate your service, Bill, and wish you the best!”

Bowes was in charge of a department of 18 career firemen and 20 volunteer firefighters when he was initially hired. He is currently in charge of a department consisting of sixty professional firemen and eight additional support members among four fire stations.

Bill Bowes, the chief of the Papillion and La Vista fire departments, remarked that it was a pleasure to serve in both communities. I’m grateful to have met and worked with so many wonderful individuals along the way, and I’m pleased to have had the chance to improve the quality of life in this region.

Bowes will retire on March 31, 2023. He will conclude his career as a firefighter after 38 years, including his stint with the Omaha Fire Department.

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