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Canby Fire District passes passes torch of command

by: MALLORY GWYNN - Canby Fire District 62 honored retiring chief Ted Kunze  and welcomed successor James Davis last week in an end of watch ceremony.Canby Fire District 62 held an end of watch ceremony Wednesday, commemorating the 39-year firefighting career of Chief Ted Kunze and the swearing in of his successor, James Davis.

by: MALLORY GWYNN - New Canby Fire Chief James Davis is sworn in by Aaron Branum, chairman of district board of directors.by: MALLORY GWYNN - Kunze's daughter, Stephanie Anderson pins on his retired chief badge during the end of watch ceremony.The ceremony took place in the apparatus bay at the fire station at 221 S. Pine St.

In the ceremony, Kunze removed his chief’s badge, which was replaced by a retired chief’s badge pinned on by his daughter Stephanie Anderson, of Canby.

The chief’s badge then was pinned on Davis, who was sworn in by Aaron Branum, chairman of the district board of directors.

Kunze’s retirement is effective July 1, the day Davis assumes command.

Kunze began his fire service in 1981 with the St. Helens Rural Fire Protection District. In 1982, he joined the Lake Oswego Fire Department and advanced through the ranks to battalion chief.

He was appointed Canby Fire District chief in 1998. He served as the 2009 president of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association.

Davis has more than 30 years experience as a chief fire officer, the last 15 with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

Since 2010, he has served as the TVF&R division chief for central operations training and safety. Before that, he was its safety chief and operations battalion chief.

Earlier in his career, he was chief three years of the Oregon City Fire Department and chief 14 years for the Woodinville Fire & Life District for 14 years. He also was an assistant chief-fire marshal with the city of Coeur D’Alene (Idaho) Fire Department.

He has lived in Canby since 1996 and served as a volunteer with the Canby Fire District.



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