Aytes retires, steps down as Owensville fire chief

Owensville Fire Chief Curtis Aytes (left, catching his breath at the Tea Road fire scene earlier this month) has resigned his command of the all volunteer fire department last week. “It comes with a great deal of thought and reflection that I hereby resign as the Fire Chief of the Owensville Volunteer Fire Department effective immediately,” he posted to the department’s Facebook page. “I am also retiring as a member in good standing with the Owensville Volunteer Fire Department, also effective immediately. I wish to spend more time with my family whom in reality I barely know. It has been an honor to serve with each and every one of you since February 1992. This is a decision which was not come to easily nor taken lightly. There will be great challenges ahead for the fire department. Sometimes challenges are what an organization needs. I feel like I have helped make a positive impact on the organization and improve the level of service the fire department is capable of providing to the community. I wish you all the best of luck moving forward.”  Scott Stranghoener (kneeling, middle) is the assistant chief. A department election was already planned on April 3.​​​​​​​​​