Chief's Biography

Richard Meuth, Fire Chief

Born in Wadesville Indiana on August 20, 1960 raised in a farming community in Southern Indiana. Graduated in 1978 from North Posey High School where he majored in Agriculture. Shortly after High School he went to work at the family business repairing lawn and garden equipment.

Richard began his so far 30 years of volunteering in 1979 when he joined the Vanderburgh County Civil Defense Fire-Rescue Unit. This organization provided two state certified ambulances at large civic functions and also provided an additional fire engine at multi alarm fires and during times of natural disasters. Richard was also very active in the local American Red Cross where he taught CPR and First-aid classes.

Richard moved to Tallahassee, Florida in the spring of 1988 and continued his volunteering with the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. From there to the Leon County Sheriffs Office’s C.B.Posse where after a year of service he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Then in February of 1994 he joined the Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department where during his seven years with this department he held the positions of firefighter, Lieutenant, Fire Chief and President of the Administrative Board

Richard reigned as Fire Chief from the Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department in May of 2001 to allow more time for family to devote more time to his career as a Leon County Animal Control Officer.

In October of 2004 Richard was contacted to see if he would be interested in becoming a member of the Woodville Department and has been Chief since November of 2004.

This father of four brings a strong sense of family along with many years of volunteering to this department. To date this small department has gone from membership of two in October of 2004 to its current number of eighteen responders and administrators.