Clarence Reese Jr. sworn in as SFD fire chief

“I want them to know that I have done the very best in everything that I touched”
Clarence Reese takes oath of office as Shreveport fire chief.
Clarence Reese takes oath of office as Shreveport fire chief.
Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 10:08 AM CDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Clarence Reese Jr. was sworn in Monday, June 27 as Shreveport Fire Department’s newest fire chief.

The ceremony that started at 2 p.m. was held at Morningstar Baptist Church on Jewella Avenue.

Reese touched on how he hopes to be a role model for children in the community.

”I want them to know that I have done the very best in everything that I touched. That’s one of the things my parents taught me at a young age, is that whatever you put your hands to or give you mind to, give it your very best.”

And while he took the oath for fire chief, Reese said his role expands to a larger reach in the Shreveport community.

“If there’s something you don’t feel comfortable talking to your politician about, or your police chief, your sheriff, or any type of leader, anybody in any type of neighborhood, any type of problem, come tell me. Come tell me. I’m willing to die behind every last one of y’all, I am willing to die for any kid right now that’s on the streets.”

Reese is a 20-year veteran of the force who served as a firefighter, paramedic, fire engineer and EMS officer.

The most recent role he served for SFD was as the administrative assistant to then-Fire Chief Scott Wolverton, who retired in 2021 after nearly 30 years of service.

Mayor Adrian Perkins announced Reese’s appointment as fire chief April 11.

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