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Passing Of Past Fire Chief JOHN F. “JAKE” MATTINGLY
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By Fire Chief Chris Bell
July 24, 2023

It is with deepest sympathy that the membership of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire
Department and its Auxiliary announce the passing of Past Chief John F. “Jake” Mattingly. Jake
Joined the department in 1952 and served as Fire Chief from 1962 - 1965 and 1967 - 1972. As
member of the department and over his many years of service he held all operational positions
in the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department. His major fire events while serving as Chief
included the 1963 Compton Woods Fire that burned over 1000 acres and the major fire at
Stewart’s Petroleum fuel farm when one of the tanks was struck by lightning. He was inducted
into the SMVFA Hall of Fame in 2013. He attended the Maryland State Firemen's Association
every year from 1949 until he retired from active service and always looked forward to the
Ocean City Convention. Jake was a strong advocate for training and was instrumental in
establishing the “Regional Training Program” in 1968. He was proud being chairman of the
Committee to purchase our 1971 Seagrave Engine 17, our first diesel powered engine. In
October 2014, the membership of the department dedicated our Seagrave Engine 14 to Jake for
all of his years and dedication to the department. While Chief Jake Mattingly will be missed by
the department, the impact of his service and leadership will remain forever.

Announcement of his funeral services will be forthcoming.


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