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New interim Menlo Park fire chief appointed

Daniel Belville moves into lead position

As Chief Harold Schapelhouman continues to recuperate, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District governing board has appointed Daniel Belville to serve as interim chief.

Belville previously served as chief in San Mateo and Foster City; his 36-year career also included a stint in San Carlos. He steps into the district's lead position after the first interim chief, retired firefighter Douglas Sporleder, finished serving on Aug. 30, according to the district.

The fire district board also granted Schapelhouman an unpaid leave of absence through Jan. 5, 2014. A fall at his San Jose home in May has left him partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair. The chief said he recently visited the fire district with an occupational therapist to start planning his eventual return to work.

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District serves Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto and portions of unincorporated San Mateo County.

Sandy Brundage

Comments

Posted by Sorry to Say, a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Hope he gets good exercise and training for a different position.


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