Fire Marshal’s Update – March 2019

Greetings from the thirteenth floor. I am going to devote this article to our Fire Fighters Association of Missouri president and retiring Little Dixie Fire Chief, Kenny Hoover.

I wanted to share the Proclamation Governor Parson wrote in the tribute to Chief Hoover…

Whereas, Fire Chief Kenny Hoover has dedicated his life to serving the residents who live within the borders of the Little Dixie Fire Protection District and the State of Missouri; and

Whereas, Kenny Hoover began his firefighting career with the Little Dixie Fire Protection District on June 1, 1974, the same year the District was founded; and

Whereas, Chief Hoover was named Fire Chief of the Little Dixie Fire Protection District in 1982, a post he has held ever since: and

Whereas, the Little Dixie Fire Protection District provides emergency services to 600 square miles of Audrain County, Missouri and averages 400 requests for service each year; and

Whereas, the Little Dixie Fire Protection District, which was awarded the State Fire Department of the Year under Chief Hoover’s leadership, employs two career firefighters and 40 volunteer firefighters, who are all fully trained in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials, medical first-responder, and fire prevention; and

Whereas, a specialist in fire/arson detection, origin/cause determination, pump operations, and principles of firefighting, Chief Hoover has served as President of the Little Dixie Fire Protection District, President of the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri since 2007, as a member of the Missouri 9-1-1 service board, as a member of the Mexico Public School Board of Education, as a committee member of the Missouri State Fair Fire Department; and

Whereas, an ordained minister since 2003, Chief Hoover is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, Missouri Association of Fire Chiefs, Missouri Association of Fire Protection Districts, and the Profession Fire and Fraud Investigators Association; and

Whereas, the people of the State of Missouri are thankful for the brave individuals in the firefighting profession who consider the welfare of others a personal responsibility and work diligently to protect the lives and property of their fellow citizens. 

Now therefore, I Michael L. Parson, Governor of the State of Missouri, Do hereby commend

Fire Chief Kenny Hoover

For more than four decades of dedicated service, including 37 years as a Fire Chief. Today, the citizens of Missouri say, “Thank You” for so many years of capable public service.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, this nineteenth day of February, 2019.

Michael L. Parson


From myself, as a fellow Missouri Firefighter, I appreciate your unwavering commitment to the fire service and to the Little Dixie Fire Protection District. I have had the pleasure of following your leadership within the Firefighters Association of Missouri (FFAM) and have learned that service before self always is the correct way of doing business. God Bless You sir in your retirement and with this new chapter of your life.

Fire Marshal J. Tim Bean 

State Fire Marshal

Division of Fire Safety