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Former Ft. Mitchell Fire Chief Dies

Former Ft. Mitchell Fire Chief Paul Radenheimer has died. 

The City of Ft. Mitchell announced the longtime public servant's passing on Wednesday. He died Tuesday.

Radenheimer served Ft. Mitchell for 34 years, beginning with the fire department on October 1, 1946. He served as president of the Kentucky Firefighters Association in 1980 when the annual conference was held at the Drawbridge Inn, the now razed landmark in the city. He was also secretary of the Northern Kentucky Firefighters Association.

“Chief Radenheimer dedicated many years of service to the citizens of Fort Mitchell and to fire department. Several of our current members have talked about the impact that he not only made on them but also to other firefighters in Northern Kentucky," said Ft. Mitchell Fire Chief Gary Auffart. "He is recognized as a lifetime member of the department and served as a role model for many.”

Radenheimer is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy, four children, and several grandchildren. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and worked with the New York Railroad, the Kenton County Sheriff's Office, and was the personal bailiff of Judge Wilford Schroder.

A visitation will be held on Friday, January 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church (2409 Dixie Highway, Ft. Mitchell),. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Saint John Cemetery. 

-Staff report

Images via Kenton County Public Library

Top photo: Captain Paul Radenheimer, Fort Mitchell Fire Department, throwing debris from upstairs bedroom destroyed by fire in 1972

Slideshow Images & Captions: 
Grand opening of Rinks - Irving Widmyer, Fire Chief Paul Radenheimer, Judge Ed J. Elliott, Ron Bledsoe, Mayor Bill Edwards, Mrs. Glorianne Carlin