Copper Canyon battalion chief to retire; ceremony set for Aug. 27
CAMP VERDE — On Aug. 1, 1992, Steve Sarkesian joined the Camp Verde Fire District as a volunteer.
After 27 years of service, Sarkesian has announced his retirement.
Sarkesian will retire with a special walkout ceremony from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 at Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District’s Station 81, located at 494 S. Main St. in Camp Verde.
Now battalion chief with Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District, Sarkesian was one of two-full-timers Camp Verde Fire hired “to help fill in some of the daytime responsibilities when the volunteers were not available,” Copper Canyon Fire Chief Terry Keller said.
Sarkesian earned a rank of captain upon his official employment at Camp Verde Fire.
Keller said Sarkesian was the first paid company officer for the district.
“This daytime staffing arrangement continued until the summer of 1996, when additional captains and engineers were hired to create the three shifts to provide guaranteed responses 24-hours per day,” Keller said.
Sarkesian became Camp Verde Fire’s battalion chief in 2016 under the shared service arrangement with Montezuma-Rimrock.
Keller said that Sarkesian has been “instrumental in helping to establish the professional standards for training and operational methodologies and for the transition into EMS when Camp Verde Fire took over the ambulance service from the Camp Verde Clinic Association in 2009.”
“Steve’s institutional knowledge about the area and Camp Verde in particular will certainly be missed,” Keller said.