Barberton Fire Chief retires after 31 years

Barberton Fire Chief Kim Baldwin has retired.

Kim Baldwin has retired from the Barberton Fire Department after 31 years of service in the Magic City. Baldwin was first hired March 17, 1989 as a firefighter paramedic and retired as chief exactly 31 years later. 

Baldwin grew up in Peninsula, looking up to his father and grandfather who both worked in the fire service for many years. He went on to become a volunteer firefighter for Valley Fire District in 1984, while going to school and working as a machinist. When he came to Barberton, he started out as a firefighter paramedic and was promoted to lieutenant in 1997. In 1999, he was promoted to deputy fire chief, then to chief in 2002.

Read the full story in the March 26 edition of The Barberton Herald. Trusted hometown news since 1923.