President Julius J. Leone Jr.
Chief Julius J. Leone Jr. has been a member of the Lambert Hook and Ladder Co. of the Fredonia Fire Department since 1980. He served as the director of emergency services and fire coordinator for Chautauqua County from 2002-2017. Prior to this position, Leone was director of environmental services and safety at Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk, NY. He served as chief of the Fredonia Fire Department from 1991-1995. Leone also served as chairman of the Chautauqua County Fire Advisory Board from 1999-2001, president of the Chautauqua County Fire Chiefs Association from 1994-1995, and chairman of the Chautauqua County Emergency Medical Services Council from 1997-1999. He was also a certified instructor coordinator for the emergency medical technician course at SUNY Fredonia, where he taught from 1983-2016. Currently, he works with Chautauqua County EMS as an EMT instructor. Leone joined NYSAFC in 1987. He served on the EMS Committee from 1998-2007 and the Conference Committee from 2008-2011. Julius has been married to his wife, Melodee, for 35 years. Melodee, a retired teacher, is a regular volunteer at the annual conference, working a variety of assignments including registration and the gates. Together they have two sons – Scott, a Washington, D.C. firefighter, and Jason, a city of Baltimore, Md. firefighter.