The Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department is organized into Operational and Administrative sections; however, many members contribute to both sides of the department.
Chief – Christopher Jones
Chris has served as Chief of the Department since December 2014 is also currently the Volunteer Coordinator for Arlington County Fire department. Chris holds way too many certifications to list here, but the basics include Firefighter I/II, EMT and is an Adjunct Fire Instructor for the State of Virginia. Chris’s responsibilities include overseeing overall department operations and coordinating activities with the Arlington County Fire Department. Outside of CVFD, Chris is a Special Education Teacher for Arlington County.
Deputy Chief – Chase McAlpine
Chase became the Deputy Chief of CVFD in 2015. He holds certifications in Firefighter I/II, HAZMAT Ops, and Technical Rescue; he’s also a certified Fire Instructor. As deputy chief he oversees operational training and recruitment activities for the department, as well as liaising with regional fire departments. Chase works for the U.S. Department of Defense, and in his spare time is a Wedding Photographer. Chase enjoys Kayaking, Mountain-biking, and hiking.
Fire Captain – Peter Langone
Peter has been a member of CVFD since shortly after he moved to the area in the fall of 2013. He also volunteered in Vernon, CT for a short time before moving to the area. Peter currently holds several positions at CVFD: Fire Captain, Board of Directors member, chairman of the Apparatus committee, and chairman of the Facilities committee. He would say that he spends much of his time here either in class or teaching class. He seems to be good at fixing things and likes to drive, so is often behind the wheel of Support 103, or fixing something on her or the station. For his day job, he manages a team of IT guys that fix computers. And if there is every any time left, he likes to bike and do outdoorsy things.
EMS Captain – Melissa DePaulis
A member of Cherrydale VFD since October 2012, Melissa is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certified by NREMT and VA OEMS. In addition, she has over 10 years of marketing, communications and media outreach experience, specializing in healthcare and public safety.
Lieutenants – The operational leadership of the department is also support by three platoon lieutenants – John O’Sullivan, Benjamin Schnieder, and Stacy Pyzowski. John, Ben and Stacy help manage the volunteers assigned to their platoon, serve as apparatus officers, as well as supporting training and recruitment activities.
President – Timothy Horner
Timothy was born and raised in the Midwest state of Indiana. He became familiar with the fire service early in life. His father served over 30 years with the LaPorte City Fire Department and as a firefighter/EMT at the Bethlehem Steel plant in Burns Harbor, near Chicago. Timothy followed in his father’s footsteps in 2009 when he joined Center Township Fire Department in Delaware County, Indiana. He moved to the DC area in 2011, and has been with CVFD since 2012. Tim is a Firefighter/EMT, as well as a Fire Instructor in addition to his administrative responsibilities.
Timothy is honored to help lead CVFD as President, and is working to strengthen the department’s capabilities to support ACFD and serve the Arlington community.
Vice President – Nicholas Berry
Nicholas Berry, born and raised in the DC/MS/VA, works in education by day and volunteers as a Firefighter/EMT by night. He is a second generation firefighter with his Dad retiring as a battalion Chief in Anne Arundel County after 30 years of service. Outside of volunteering, Nick is an active swing and contra dancer, dragon boat racer during the summer months, and loves to be around his family and friends. These are just some of the reasons, he is known as “The Most Interesting man in CVFD.”
Secretary – Catie Drew
Catie Drew has had a life-long love of science and has worked in biology or education for over 25 years. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado and got her first professional job in 1984 working for NOAA National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in Woods Hole, MA as a biological technician conducting research on larval and juvenile fish. Her duties frequently found her cruising on research vessels off the United States coastline to collect specimens for research.
Currently, Catie is the Education Coordinator of the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum in Arlington, VA where she develops and conducts educational and outreach programs, as well as helps to create museum exhibits on the history of drugs, drug awareness, drug law enforcement, and the consequences of drug abuse. She also serves as the Museums resident science geek, researching neuro-biological reactions to drugs and addictions, as well as being the coordinator of the Museums lecture series and the editor of the Museums newsletter, “The Informant.”
Catie’s free time is spent cheering her kids on at their various activities, tending her ever-increasing organic vegetable garden, and volunteering with various community organizations including the Arlington Urban Agriculture Task Force and the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department. She is married to Wayne Botts and they have three children.