WICHITA — Former deputy fire chief Michael Rudd died Monday after a long battle with cancer.
Rudd, 60, retired in March after more than 40 years with the Wichita Fire Department.
"Mike brought a boundless energy to work every day," Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell said. " He will be missed and long remembered as one the best tactical and strategic thinking officers this department has ever produced."
Rudd joined the department at the age of 19 in 1969. He rose through the ranks as the years passed, and his duties eventually came to include being director of the department's Emergency Operations Command.
Officials said Rudd was known for his outstanding work ethic, often working long hours at emergency incidents and in his office addressing administrative tasks.
Information on funeral services has not been released.