February 2, 2016, Davie, FL: The Town of Davie regretfully and sadly announces the death of Davie Fire Rescue Chief and Emergency Manager Joseph Montopoli who passed away on Monday, February 1, 2016 at the age of 57. “The Davie Town Council, Fire Rescue, and Town personnel are stunned at the sudden news,” said Mayor Judy Paul. “Chief Joe was dedicated to his job, family, faith, and to the residents of this community. He was loved and respected by all. We are all very saddened as we mourn a Davie family member’s passing.”
Deputy Fire Rescue Chief Michael Malvasio has been appointed as Acting Fire Rescue Chief. “Chief Malvasio possesses the credentials and skills to lead during this difficult time and is surrounded by a talented leadership team,” said Town Administrator Richard J. Lemack.
Joseph J. Montopoli was born in New York on October 11, 1958. He resided in Southwest Ranches, FL. He is survived by his five children, Giuseppe, Maria, Gina, Christina, Francesco, and extended family.
Chief Montopoli started his career with Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue Department in 1980 and rose to the rank of Assistant Fire Chief. In 2005, he was hired as the Assistant Fire Chief with the Davie Fire Rescue Department and was promoted to Fire Chief/Emergency Manager on August 6, 2007. He also served as Assistant Town Administrator from 2008-2011 and Acting Town Administrator in 2011.
Chief Montopoli was a 35 year veteran in the fire rescue service. He instructed at the Broward Fire Academy for many years, was a transformational leader for professionalism, and served on numerous boards and committees.
Chief Montopoli was well respected throughout the Town of Davie and Broward County.