New Kern Co. Chiefs
Robert W. Lechtreck was named chief of the Kern County, Calif., Fire Department, succeeding Robert H. Williams who retired on December 21. He joined the department in 1948 and advanced through the ranks to deputy chief in November 1968.
Williams joined the department in May 1939 as a suppression crewman. He was appointed engineer in 1939, captain in 1940, battalion chief in in 1942, assistant chief in 1943, first assistant chief in 1958, and deputy chief in 1963. He was named chief of the department in 1968.