Deputy Commissioner Tapped to Run Philadelphia Fire Department

Philadelphia's next fire commissioner is Derrick Sawyer.

Mayor Michael Nutter announced the appointment during a press conference inside City Hall on Wednesday.

Currently the Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the Philadelphia Fire Department, Sawyer has been a city firefighter for 29 years. He has served in a number of roles within the department including as a Lieutenant in the Technical Support Unit and Battallion Chief in the Fire Prevention Division.

Sawyer will be taking over for current Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, who is retiring after 40 years of service with the department.

The appointment will be confirmed on June 14.

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