Reece Bertholf

Administration Division
Title: Fire Chief
Phone: 843-525-7055

Chief Bertholf was born and raised in Minnesota.

Marines Service
Upon graduation from high school in 1997, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, attending Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego and completed Combat Engineer School in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina by the spring of 1998. His service in the Marine Corps included time with Combat Assault Battalion in Okinawa Japan and with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 273 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Chief Bertholf was also a member of the 1999 Marine Corps Summer Pistol Team.

Fire Department Volunteering
While still in the Marine Corps he began volunteering with the City of Beaufort Fire Department in May of 2000. Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in August of 2001, he started his career with City of Beaufort and was assigned to Shift 1 and worked his way through the ranks, obtaining the rank of Captain in September 2011.

Chief Bertholf holds an Associate’s Degree in Business and an Associate’s Degree in Fire Service Administration from the Technical College of the Lowcountry, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina Beaufort, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Citadel.

Awards & Recognitions
Some of his awards and recognitions include Academic Honor Graduate from USMC Combat Engineer School, Volunteer Firefighter of the Year for the year 2000, 2008 Business Division Honor Graduate Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL), Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Class of 2008 TCL Student Commencement Speaker, and Deans List 2009 University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB).


Chief Bertholf is a 4-time recipient of the City of Beaufort Lifesaving medal for direct involvement in rescues from the Beaufort River, an autistic child stuck over 35 feet in the air in a tree, a severely injured police officer, and victims of heart attacks who survived as a result of CPR. Chief Bertholf served the city of Beaufort and Town of Port Royal for 14 years as a volunteer, career firefighter, and career fire officer before rising to the rank of Chief in 2016.

Community Involvement

Chief Bertholf has been very active in the community volunteering over the years as a coach, Girl Scout leader, and school helper for his children. He currently is the Chairman of the board at Riverview Charter School and is the past vice chair and fund development chair for the school. Under Chief Bertholf’s leadership, the fire department has become an integral part of the community team that supports the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) open arms shelter.

Chief Bertholf also enjoys mentoring and guiding new classes of business students at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, where he is adjunct faculty in the business division.


Chief Bertholf is married to his wife Mikie and they have two children, Kiwa and Kai.


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