Somerton Cocopah Fire Chief DeAnda retires
The chief of the Somerton Cocopah Fire Department is stepping down after more than three decades.
Fire Chief Paul DeAnda has 34 years of fire service, with almost 28 years as chief. He’s seen Somerton go from a volunteer fire department when he started to a state-certified department that has partnered with the Cocopah Indian Tribe to serve the two communities.
DeAnda was born and raised in Somerton. Although he’s stepping down as fire chief, he says you’ll still see him in the area.
“I want to look for employment here in the area," DeAnda told KAWC." I want to continue serving South County. My heart’s always been in Somerton, always had a real close relationship with the tribe. Our best friends growing up were tribal members that lived next door to us. I feel the need to continue serving in this area at least until I can’t anymore.”
Captain Javier Hernandez has been appointed as the interim fire chief. He begins Friday.