Schoon promoted to Three Rivers fire chief

Three Rivers Fire Chief Paul Schoon

Three Rivers Deputy Fire Chief Paul Schoon was officially promoted to chief Tuesday after receiving unanimous approval from the Three Rivers City Commission.

“It’s an honor to accept this position,” Schoon said. “I appreciate all the support the city has shown me throughout my career, and I’m thankful for the guidance and leadership from my previous chiefs — Chief Cross, Chief Tomlinson, Chief Holcomb, and Chief Bloomfield. They’ve been the role models that I strive to become.”

Schoon, who has served the City of Three Rivers for 17 years, succeeds Chief Jeff Bloomfield, who is leaving the Three Rivers Fire Department after 21 years of combined service for a new position with Beacon Health. Bloomfield took up the mantle of fire chief in 2019 when then Chief Carl Holcomb retired after 34 years of service.

“I have had the world’s greatest career here in TR and countless memories,” Bloomfield said. “I’m so appreciative of the support I’ve received that has allowed us to be one of the best departments. I have decided to follow another passion and Beacon has given me the opportunity to do so. Having Paul promoted has made my decision even easier. Paul’s integrity, talent, and loyalty to the City and the profession will build this department to even better things.”

Alek Haak-Frost is publisher and executive editor of Watershed Voice.