Today marks the end of an amazing 28+ year career for City of Yakima Fire Department Shift Commander Jennifer Norton. Jennifer started her career December 1, 1993 as an entry level Firefighter. She promoted to Fire Lieutenant in 2000.
During her time at Yakima Fire Department she helped start a “Juvenile Fire Setters” program working to teach children the dangers of playing with fire. She also completed a Bachelors Degree in Fire Science from University of Maryland.
In 2002, Jennifer became a commissioned Fire Investigator and began work as the dedicated handler for accelerant detection K9 “Wesley”, an ATF arson dog. Together she and Wesley were a regional resource for Fire investigations throughout the Northwest and worked for 8 years on the Arson Task Force. Their work was instrumental to many fire investigations and contributed in a measurable reduction in arson fires and led to many convictions.
Jennifer promoted to Fire Captain in 2006 where she served 2 years as Yakima Fire Training Division Captain. Here she oversaw all training for the Yakima Fire Department.
In 2014, Jennifer promoted to Fire Shift Commander where she served until her retirement June 21, 2022. Throughout her career Jennifer earned the respect of those she served with and became known as a respected leader and mentor.
While her career accomplishments are impressive, what’s more impressive is the mark she is leaving on the people she led and worked with. Her calmness, kindness, and positivity helped to lesson the tensions and stresses associated with emergency services. Her leadership style put her people first, and found the balance between keeping the job fun, and still getting the job done right. Congratulations Jennifer on an amazing career of service, and best of luck with all future adventure. You will be missed!
Congratulations Jen, enjoy you well deserved retirement. I don't take a hydrant without remembering a lesson you taught me early in probation when you hurled my hydrant wrench across the drill ground because I set it on the ground. Your words were " you just put your wrench down in the snow, its lost, now what? 😂😂😂
One of the best…. Thank You for the friendship and leadership you’ve always given me. Enjoy the retirement that you earned!
So many memories... I remember when our boys were young and wanted to go see Jennifer at the firehouse, then it was Jennifer and Wesley... Thank you for always taking the time to make an impression on young minds... You will be missed!
Congrats Chief, enjoy retirement, it's been great working with you over the years.
I send a special
To each and everyone of you. Your comments are amazing. I have had a wonderfully filling career, and the people are what it’s all about. With a full heart, thank you and take care.
Congratulations Jennifer! What a truly inspiring firefighter and leader you have been. I am sad for the fire department and citizens but so happy for you. I know you will continue to be awesome in your retirement! Wishing you all the best!!! ❤
Congratulations, it was so nice to see you and some of the ole gang, and lots of new ones!! Enjoy your retirement!!
Congratulations Chief, I enjoyed working with and have the greatest respect for your leadership style. Welcome to the club.🎊🎊🎊
Congratulations Jennifer. Well earned, well respected and, well deserved! Happy Retirement!
Congrats, Jennifer! Thanks for always being so helpful when I worked with you. You're the best! Enjoy your retirement! ❤
Congratulations to you on a retirement well deserved. We are all better because of your contributions and leadership. Thank you for giving so much to us during your career.
Congratulations Jennifer on a great career, and for your excellent service to the Yakima community.
Congratulations Jennifer, and thank you for so many years of helping our community. You will certainly be missed.
Congratulations Commander Norton, you set the bar very high with your leadership and professionalism. Enjoy your well earned Retirement!
Congratulations Jennifer ~ You know who is smiling down upon you from the stars above ... for all your achievements, leadership by example, and outstanding service to the community. Cheers to you! 🙏🍀
Congratulations Jennifer. One of the best firefighters I have known. I learned many things from you.
Congratulations! It was a blast working with you during the COVID response in Yakima. Easily the best leader I had during that entire response. Have fun on retirement!
You’re a true inspiration and role model for so many!! Especially women in emergency services!! Enjoy a much deserved retirement, so happy for you! ❤️🚒💪🏼
Remember when you first can to the YFD
Retirement is great. ENJOY
Congratulations Jennifer!! It was always a pleasure to work with you! Enjoy a well deserved retirement friend!!
Congratulations! You will be missed greatly! Enjoy a much deserved retirement!
Congratulations Jennifer...very well deserved....maybe we can. Go back and Play softball again....lol....best wishes on your next adventure!!
Jennifer I hope you get to have great new adventures and drive Mike nuts in the meantime. What a great career you’ve had!
Today, crews tested out a new product that might be added to our trucks. Crews trained with equipment to assist with stabilization for heavy commercial vehicles and/or building collapse (think of earthquakes).
These tools can be quickly mobilized and provides protection for victims being crushed and the first responders providing rescue.
This is just another way firefighters train vigorously for the citizens of Yakima!