North Metro Fire president steps down to battle cancer

Staff Report
Posted 8/28/19

John Abboud, the North Metro Fire Rescue District Board of Directors board president, abruptly stepped down from the board Aug. 20 to fight a cancer diagnosis. Abboud was elected to North Metro …

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North Metro Fire president steps down to battle cancer

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John Abboud, the North Metro Fire Rescue District Board of Directors board president, abruptly stepped down from the board Aug. 20 to fight a cancer diagnosis.

Abboud was elected to North Metro Fire’s board in 2012. During his tenure, the fire district experienced rapid growth, and Abboud played a key role in ensuring the District was able to keep pace with the growing response needs.

“I’m sad to be leaving my position on the board, but I’m confident in the direction the fire district is going. We have strong leadership, financial stability and the vision to become one of the best fire departments in the region,” Abboud said in a written statement.

North Metro Fire’s call volume increased by 34% during Abboud’s tenure. In response to the growth, the board voted to add more firefighters and purchased new apparatus to better protect the five counties that North Metro Fire serves.

The fire district also established a capital improvements fund to plan for major purchases and construction projects without taking on additional debt, a directive supported by the board and made possible through the mill levy increase.

Abboud has been a dedicated volunteer in the Broomfield community through his membership in the Broomfield Rotary Club. Abboud previously served as president for the Rotary Club and co-founded both the Frank Varra Memorial Police and Fire Golf Tournament and the Broomfield Trails Marathon, events that have raised tens of thousands of dollars for first responders, underserved populations and numerous charitable causes.

“I’ve worked for North Metro Fire for 35 years and have interacted with numerous board members over the years,” said Fire Chief Dave Ramos. “Director Abboud has stood out in his passion for learning about the fire district and the expertise he brings from his professional background. He has always carefully balanced his responsibility to taxpayers while supporting our first responders and their safety.”

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