Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe served 27 years in the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department during his first tour of duty in the District, before leaving for Sarasota, Fla. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe served 27 years in the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department during his first tour of duty in the District, before leaving for Sarasota, Fla. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)