Montgomery council approves new fire chief -- Gazette.Net


The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the appointment of the county’s acting fire chief to a permanent position.

The council voted 9-0 to approve the appointment of Steve Lohr to head the county’s Fire and Rescue Service at its meeting Tuesday morning.

Lohr took over as acting chief in May, after Richard Bowers left to become chief in Fairfax County, Va.

Lohr’s appointment was opposed by a group of residents who alleged a crew of county EMTs acted insensitively while treating a black homeless man. The man was believed to be suffering a heart attack at a Rockville McDonald’s last year.

Investigation found no wrong-doing by the crew members and determined the incident was not racially motivated.

Lohr spoke briefly at Tuesday’s council meeting, introducing his family and noting that the appointment comes more than 43 years after he responded to his first structure fire with the department.

Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg, the chairman of the council’s Public Safety Committee, said Lohr has served in many positions and ranks throughout the department.

“I don’t think there could have been a better appointment,” Andrews said.