Mike Fetrow Obituary, Death – Mike Fetrow was a beloved and highly respected former director of the Office of Emergency Management for the County of York. It is with a heavy heart that both the County of York and its Office of Emergency Management share the news of his demise. Mike, who had spent his entire life serving the public and had been employed by York County for more than 20 years, passed away at his home in York Township on Saturday evening. He was 62.
In the year 2000, Mike started his professional life working for the Office of Emergency Management as a municipal planner. After some time, he was given the position of deputy director, then in December of 2010, he was given the position of director of the department. Mike took over Kay Carman’s position as director of OEM. Kay Carman, whom Mike succeeded, remarked, “I could always count on Mike. I don’t think I could have worked with a more competent individual.
During Mike’s time at OEM, he pioneered new ground in the field of emergency management in the state by setting a very high standard for others who would come after him. Mike was responsible for managing actions that increased the emergency management coordinators’ level of expertise and professionalism. He also designed a training program for the county’s emergency management coordinators.
In addition to that, he was the head of the committee that was in charge of purchasing new vehicles for OEM, and he was an essential part of the process that moved the York County Hazmat Team from its previous headquarters at the York County Fire School to its current location at OEM. Mike was also in charge of overseeing operations when the emergency operations center at OEM was activated during significant catastrophes or when it was in exercise mode.
This responsibility fell under his purview both times. Carman remarked in 2022 that “Mike was never interviewed for my position when I retired,” which was true. “He stepped into the role with the blessing of the commissioners because they saw what he did on a daily basis and were confident that the high standards that OEM had established would continue.”
“He stepped into the role with the blessing of the commissioners because they saw what he did on a daily basis.” They did not err in any way. At OEM, we intend to honor Mike’s legacy by perpetuating his memory and making it a daily priority to uphold the high standards of community service that he established throughout his time with the company.