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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.
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.