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The City of Titusville, Florida / Fire & Emergency Services / News

Titusville Fire Chaplain Honored for Decade of Service

ChaplainDeVoss-10YearsService-06-2006  left to right: Fire Chief Rick Talbert, Fire Chaplain John DeVoss

Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department employees gathered recently at a luncheon to honor its Fire Chaplain, John DeVoss, and to recognize the decade of service he has provided to the Department and to the community of Titusville.  Although a volunteer, Chaplain DeVoss has responded 24/7 whenever needed.  His assistance has ranged from comforting family members when a loved one is lost, to arranging for temporary shelter for victims burned out of their homes, to counseling department employees.  "It is hard to even put into words the types of assistance John provides not only to our citizens, but also our employees.  That he is here and available is a comfort to us all and we are fortunate to have him", stated Titusville Fire Chief Rick Talbert.

Titusville Firefighters Local 2445 President, Firefighter/EMT Don Pierce, also expressed his fellow firefighters' appreciation of Chaplain DeVoss' help at emergency scenes.  As he explained, "Whenever it gets really tough, you look around and the Chaplain's there, helping out in some way.  For example, I've responded to hundreds of vehicle accidents over the years, but one that I was on a couple of years ago really got to me on a gut level.  A very elderly couple was involved and I was trying to provide critical medical treatment to the husband who was injured, but who couldn't calm down and just kept saying over and over, 'don't bother about me, just as long as Mama is okay'--unfortunately, what he couldn't see and I could was another of my crew members performing CPR on his wife.  Suddenly, there was Chaplain DeVoss kneeling down and talking to my patient, calming him and allowing me to concentrate on treating his medical injuries.  He was also able to get a contact number for his son and followed the ambulance to the hospital so he could be there when the patients' son arrived.  But what the Chaplain didn't realize was how much his presence that day also helped me to regain my own emotional equilibrium.  And for every example I could come up with, the crews could come up with a hundred more.  He's just a good guy to have around."

Chaplain DeVoss was very appreciative of the recognition accorded him and humble about his efforts.  "My time with Titusville Fire and Emergency Services has been great and a satisfying experience.  I consider it a chance to give back to my community", said Chaplain DeVoss.  "Retiring after eleven years as the Associate Pastor in an Orlando Baptist Church, my wife Charlotte (Babe) and I moved back to Titusville in 1994 where I had originally served in the ministry of First Baptist Church of Titusville from 1972 to 1978.  Fire Chaplain Phil Boyles contacted me to ask if I would be interested in assuming his duties for the fire department as he was moving to Alabama to assume a ministry post there and I was glad to do it."  But Chaplain DeVoss didn't want to talk about what he does, he wanted to talk about his family and the fire department.  "I've been married to a wonderful woman for 54 years, have 6 children (five boys and one girl), 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, who are scattered about this country and overseas, and they are all great.  And I am grateful to have worked with the personnel of the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department.  Being able to observe their professional abilities and their personal interest in and compassion for their patients has been gratifying.  I feel my life has been blessed." 

Chaplain DeVoss has also joined internal committees and working groups within the fire department.  He also serves as the Chaplain for the Allied Auto Group (car haulers), located at Tico Airport.  We're sure that he is as valuable to that organization as he is to ours.

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