Virtue sworn in as new deputy fire chief


December 28, 2022

Benny Westcott

George Virtue, right, takes the oath of office as Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District deputy chief from Fire Chief Nick Tyler.

New Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District deputy chief George Virtue was officially sworn in Friday, Dec. 20, during the organization's board meeting at the Jim Riggs Community Center.

He took the role in October following the second retirement of Doug Emmert, who had held the position since 2018. A district mainstay, Emmert served the community from 1977 to 2011 before returning to the fold four years ago. (“Departures, returns at fire department,” The New Era, Nov. 23, 2022)

The 46-year-old Virtue has volunteered with the district for 18 years, serving as a firefighter for e...

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