The morning of May 6, 2024, changed many people’s lives forever in the Delaware Fire Service upon hearing of the passing of Past Chief Rodney Marvel of the Georgetown Fire Company.

Rodney joined the Georgetown Fire Company in January 1987 and quickly advanced through the ranks because of his enthusiasm and work ethic. He would eventually serve as Assistant Chief and then as Fire Chief. He was active on many committees that led to the progression of Georgetown Fire Company.

Rodney went through the chairs of the Delaware State Fire Chiefs Association, eventually serving as President. Chief Marvel was a long-time and very active instructor, teaching many courses over the years, most notably our Fire Officer and Vehicle Rescue Programs. ‘Rodney T.’, as he was affectionately known, was an expert in these areas, and passed that knowledge to countless students over his tenure.

In addition to his vast knowledge of Fire Officer and Rescue Programs, most importantly he was a friend to all that knew him.

The family suggests that donations in Rodney’s honor be made to Georgetown Fire Company, P.O. Box 77, Georgetown, DE 19947; American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.; or the American Lung Association, National Direct Response Headquarters, P.O. Box 756, Osceola WI 54020-075.

– Submitted by Michael Lowe