This month’s Hometown Hero is Captain Max Brown. Captain Brown began his career with the El Dorado Fire Department of Public Safety in November of 1984. Captain Brown grew up in the small western Kansas town of Dighton.
Max moved to El Dorado in June of 1980. Max’s first job in El Dorado was at Tolle furniture. He worked there for 4 1/2 years, prior to getting on the Department of Public Safety. In January of 1993 Max transferred over to the Fire Division within the El Dorado Department of Public Safety. For the next 12 years Max served on B Shift, with Captain Whiteside, as the crew’s Driver operator.
Throughout those 12 years Max watched the department develop into larger crews. September of 2005 Max was promoted to the rank of Captain. He took over the command of C Shift, after Captain Jerry Urton retired.
Max has completed numerous law enforcement and fire service training classes throughout his career. In addition Max has acquired numerous fire department certifications such as Driver Operator, Fire Service Instructor, and Fire Officer 1. Max attended Butler County Community College, where he completed an Associates of Art in Criminal Justice.
When not at the fire house Max enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife, Pam have been married for the past 28 years. They have three children; two boys, Tony and Leo and a daughter Dawn. In his spare time Max likes hunting, fishing and wood-working.
Captain Brown described one of his most memorable calls, being the one where he responded to a “Child Birth” call. The thing that made this call stand out is the fact years later the baby he helped deliver grew up being best friends with his own daughter.
Max further described that what he enjoyed most about being a firefighter is being able to provide a service to those in need.
One of the greatest challenges in the fire service Captain Brown explained was keeping in touch and in tune with the younger generation, their hobbies, and lifestyles and learning as a leader how to manage them.
It is with great honor to announce after 31 years of service Captain Max Brown will be retiring from the El Dorado Fire Department. There will be a retirement reception January 8, 2016 in the City Commission Room located in the City Building 220 E. 1st Ave. Reception will start at 3:00p and continue until 5:00p.
Congratulations Captain Brown on your retirement and thank you for your service to community.