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Posted on: October 28, 2019

Xenia Deputy Fire Chief retires after 25 years of service

Deputy Fire Chief Joe Mullikin

After twenty-five years of service to the Xenia community, Deputy Fire Chief Joe Mullikin has retired from the City of Xenia Fire Division. Mullikin retired from the division on August 16, 2019.

Deputy Chief Mullikin began his public safety service in 1991, when he became a volunteer firefighter with the Xenia Township Fire Department. During his tenure with the Xenia Township Fire Department, Deputy Chief Mullikin advanced through the ranks to become Fire Captain. In 1994, he continued his career in fire service when he joined the City of Xenia Fire Division. 

Over his twenty-five year career with the City of Xenia Fire Division, Deputy Chief Mullikin completed certifications as a Level II Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Safety Inspector, and E.M.S. Instructor with the State of Ohio.  He also attended the National Fire Academy for Command and Control of Fire Departments. Most recently Deputy Chief Mullikin received is Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Technology/Fire Administration from Sinclair College.  

Deputy Chief Mullikin was instrumental in implementing the City wide AED program, developing and establishing the modern day Xenia Technical Rescue Group.  He was an advocate for the SWAT Medic program that was created in 2019.  Deputy Chief Mullikin was also involved in developing and implementing the drone program along with becoming a drone pilot.

Deputy Chief Mullikin not only maintained his own certificates but was instrumental in the training of all city staff in areas such as, City wide NIMs training, AED and CPR training, and developing and conducting a city wide disaster drill.

Chief Riggsby stated, “I have worked closely with Deputy Chief Mullikin throughout my career, the last seven years as my Deputy Chief.  Deputy Chief Mullikin was a person who was 100% dedicated to Xenia Fire Division.   He was my right-hand man that I could rely on in all situations.  He was not only a co-worker but a true friend and will be missed.”

Deputy Chief Mullikin retires with the following remarks, “This has been absolutely without a doubt one of the hardest decisions of my life. It’s hard to believe that I’ve served the Xenia community for twenty-five years, and worked as an emergency responder for almost three decades. It has been a true honor and privilege to serve with and alongside the true professionals of the Xenia Fire Division.”

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