Deputy Chief Bill Horner Retires After 26 Years Of Service

Deputy Chief Bill Horner retired in May after 26 years of faithful service to the Leavenworth community. Bill poured his heart and soul into serving the residents and visitors to Chelan Fire District #3. Ever humble and with a smile on his face, he did what was asked even when no one else would.

Chief Horner has been a volunteer, a Captain, a Battalion Chief, a Deputy Chief, a Fire Marshal and a friend to many for more than two decades. He has has served in almost every capacity in the District (including mechanic), seen us grow and change, and has provided assistance to more members of this community than we can count.

Highlights from Chief Horner's career include:

  • Obtaining his Firefighter 1 IFSAC certification with the first group from District 3.
  • Starting and participating in the sleeper program for over 10 years, staying an average of 8 days a month. Chief Horner pulled the first 16 shifts in a row to ensure our community had coverage.
  • Commanding, with distinction, some of the largest fires in department history including the Echo Fire and the Spromberg Log Yard Fire.
  • Rising through the ranks from volunteer Firefighter to Deputy Chief.
  • Keeping an antiquated fleet on the road, ready for response.
  • Contributing to the leadership team that helped pass a levy and move the District into the next era.


Bill’s entire family was involved in serving the community. His wife Lynn was a member of our auxiliary and provided support to the department and to Bill for 26 years. Bill’s son Zach became a volunteer, then a resident, and now he is a Firefighter in Alaska.

Please join everyone from Chelan County Fire District #3 in thanking Bill Horner for his years of faithful service to the community. Bill made everyone at District 3 feel like family. He mentored and counseled many of us throughout the years and we could not be more grateful. Bill will be missed and we wish him and his family all the best.