Fire Lieutenant to retire

Stagge devoted over 44 years to the Montgomery community

A long-time public servant, Fire Lieutenant Mark Stagge is retiring from the fire department on Sept. 7. Stagge has served Montgomery and the surrounding communities for over 44 years.

He began his career as an emergency medical technician in 1975 with the Blue Ash – Montgomery Life Squad, which served Montgomery, Blue Ash, Sycamore Township, Glendale and a portion of Symmes Township. In 1976, he joined the Montgomery Community Fire Company as a firefighter. In 1977, he became one of greater Cincinnati’s first paramedics after receiving training from the Kettering Medical Center.

Mark continued to work for the Blue Ash – Montgomery Life Squad until 1993 when he transitioned to a career firefighter/paramedic for the City of Montgomery when the City began operating the fire department in its current form.  In 2007, Stagge was promoted to a fire lieutenant and had had the responsibility of overseeing fire inspections within the City of Montgomery. He handled community relations for the department and instructed thousands of people on CPR and First Aid with the many classes he taught over the years.

Stagge is the City’s radio expert and has saved the community tens of thousands of dollars by repairing the many communication radios and systems used by emergency personnel. He has seen and handled many emergency scenes and disasters over his career and has many stories to tell. Some of the most notable incidents during Stagge’s tenure was the 1982 FBI plane crash as well as the 1999 tornado. Stagge plans to remain in the area after his retirement, enjoy his family, and spend time at his mountain retreat in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Mark, we will miss you and thank you for all you have done for the community. It has been a job well done, good and faithful servant!