Civil Servant of the Week: Missouri City FD’s Daryl Maretka
By Michael Sudhalter
The new Civil Servant of the Week feature recognizes an employee in our local community who makes a difference in law enforcement or public service. You may nominate a civil servant by e-mailing Michael Sudhalter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Daryl Maretka may live in Wharton, but the Missouri City Fire Department is truly his home.
“Ever since I left Missouri City, I felt a little void,” Maretka said. “I always wanted to come back and this was the right opportunity.”
Maretka, who served in the Missouri City Fire Department from 2000-08, returned to the department as the assistant fire chief on June 16.
Maretka, 36, left MCPD in 2008 to work as a constable in Wharton County, and later, as the program director of the Wharton County Junior College Fire Academy.
Two of the academy students he trained – Chad Bittner and Kyle Vincent – are now MCFD firefighters.
“I really did enjoy it,” Maretka said. “I wanted to help folks develop and reach their goals. It’s great to see these two guys graduate and work in a department where they’re successful.”
His role as a mentor to new firefighters will continue at MCFD where he’ll supervise the training division, in addition to his primary responsibility of overseeing operations.
Firefighters must first attend academies outside of the department, but Maretka will help ease the new firefighters’ transition to the department.
During his first stint with MCFD, Maretka was instrumental in increasing the fire department’s Emergency Medical Services capabilities.
Now, MCFD firefighters can treat victims at the scene of the fire.
“(Those improvements) have led to saving a lot of lives,” Maretka said.
In his free time, Maretka and his wife, Shanna, enjoy traveling throughout the United States.
“I like Las Vegas because I’m a little bit of a foodie and there’s a lot of different food within close proximity,” Maretka said. “New York is a close second.”
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