As South Pasadena’s 6th Fire Chief in the last four years, Paul Riddle intends to bring a stability to the department’s administration that has been lacking in recent history. Riddle took a major step forward for the SPFD last month when he recognized five firefighters for receiving promotions and five new firefighter/paramedic hires. November’s badge-pinning ceremony was the first in at least the past 26 years. Close to 50 family and friends attended the ceremony. The ceremony was intentionally small, so as to focus on those being celebrated. “We may build on this in the future and invite the public,” said the fire chief. “This year, since it was our first ceremony, we wanted to keep it simple.”

The department is now staffed with 21 men with extensive firefighting and paramedic experience. Just five years ago, the SPFD was down to 13 firefighters on staff. Currently, there are nine designated firefighter/paramedics, six engineers, three captains, two divisional chiefs, and one fire chief.


Harry Yadav has served as the Editor of the South Pasadena Review since January of 2018. Born and raised in South Pasadena, Harry graduated from South Pasadena High School in 2012, where he played golf and basketball and wrote for the Tiger newspaper. In 2016, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

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