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Ocean City, MD – The Ocean City Fire Department announced the passing of former Deputy Chief John E. Fisher III. The announcement came in a Facebook post this morning, January 11, 2023, and states the following:

“On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Ocean City Fire Department, Fire Chief Richie Bowers has announced the passing of Past Deputy Fire Chief John E. Fisher III.

Deputy Chief John E. Fisher III answered his last alarm on Saturday, January 7, 2023, after a long and dedicated career in the fire service. Chief Fisher joined the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company in May of 1993 and served the citizens and visitors of Ocean City and Worcester County for many years. During his tenure with the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company, Chief Fisher held the ranks of Lieutenant (1994 to 1996) and Captain (1996 to 2023). He served as Captain of ‘A’ Platoon and was respected for his leadership, community involvement, and his desire to mentor new members.

“The passing of Deputy Chief Fisher is a great loss to our department. He devoted his life to serving and protecting others, and his legacy will be known as a Chief who touched the lives of many, including the members he mentored,” said Ocean City Fire Chief Richie Bowers.

Prior to joining the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company, Chief Fisher had an extensive career in the fire service, volunteering with the Mount Rainier Volunteer Fire Department, Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department, and Cottage City Volunteer Fire Department. He also worked as an Instructor for the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute and as a Master Firefighter and HazMat Team Shift Leader with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

Also, reflecting on the service of Deputy Chief Fisher, Volunteer Fire Company President Freddie Senger offered the following words, “Deputy Chief Fisher was more than a colleague, he was a friend, mentor, and a devoted member of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company. He will be deeply missed.”

Throughout his career, Chief Fisher was known for his kind nature and his dedication to serving his community. He will be greatly missed by all those who had the privilege of working with him, and his favorite quote, “HotDog!” will always be remembered as an endearing term used to greet his fellow

All Ocean City first responders extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Chief Fisher. A celebration of life ceremony will be announced at a later date.”

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