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Fire Chief: Jerod Vontz

Chief Vontz was named the Pecan Grove Vol. Fire Department Fire Chief on April 1, 2022. His career in Emergency Services started with the Pecan Grove VFD in 1993, where he quickly realized his love for emergency services and pursued a career in public safety. He worked for Nalco/Exxon Energy Company as a member of the Emergency Response Team, then joined the Sugar Land Fire Department in 1999 where he continues to serve today as an Operations Battalion Chief. Chief Vontz has provided extensive training for the department, including driver training, hazmat training, fire suppression, and incident management. He also developed the response roles of apparatus for Sugar Land Fire-EMS.  


Jerod is currently a member of the San Jac Incident Management Team, Texas Fire Chiefs Assoc., International Assoc. of Fire Chiefs, National Fire Academy Alumni, and an ARFF Ad Hoc Committee member of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. He also holds numerous certifications including Master Firefighter, Hazmat Technician, EMT-Intermediate, Fire Officer II, Driver Operator, Incident Safety Officer and Instructor III, to name a few. He is also a lead instructor for the Wharton County Jr. College and serves as the Asst. Coordinator of the Fire Academy.  


Chief Vontz has resided in Pecan Grove for over 30 years. He and his wonderful wife, Jennifer, have been married since 2002 and raised their four sons in this community. 

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Asst. Fire Chief of Administration: William Hoft

William Hoft has been with the Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department since 2004. He currently works for a fire & life safety company in the Cypress area as the Inspections Manager.

William currently holds certifications with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a Structural Fire Fighter, Wild Land Fire Fighter & HazMat Awareness. He completed Fire Instructor I & Fire Officer I with Wharton County Junior College in 2013. William  is also an Emergency Medical Technician - Basic with the Texas Department of Health.


He and his fiancé Kristin and their three children have lived in the Pecan Grove community since 2010.


One of his favorite parts with PGVFD is the family atmosphere and the camaraderie shared amongst all members of the department.

Asst. Chief of Operations: James Serrano

James Serrano has been with the Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department since 1996. He began his fire career as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Richmond Fire Department in 1992 where he eventually joined the staff as a full-time firefighter in 1994.  After 11 years of service with the Richmond Fire Department, James joined the staff at Sugar Land Fire Department in 2003 where he continues to serve today as the Fire Marshal/Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention. 


James earned an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Technology in 2009 from Lone Star College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management Administration from West Texas A&M University in 2014.  He currently holds certifications with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a Master Structural Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator and Fire Instructor ll.  James is also an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician.


He has been married to his wonderful wife, Naomi Serrano, since 1993 and they have raised two children, a son named Christopher and a daughter named Julia. 

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EMS Captain: Denise Davis

Denise Davis has been with Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department since 2001.  She retired from her full-time job as a Flight Nurse/ Paramedic with Memorial Hermann Hospital approximately five years ago. She has over thirty years of experience in the fire, emergency, and hospital critical care services. 

Denise is a registered nurse, Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN), licensed paramedic, and basic certified firefighter. She has Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in nursing, and a Master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. She is an ordained minister and is currently pursuing a degree of Divinity from a Christian Leaders University.

She has been married to her husband, Del since 1994. They have a blended family with a total of six children and nine grandchildren. In addition to serving with Pecan Grove Fire Department, Denise leads medical mission trips to various parts of the world including India and the Middle East. She was with one of the first international rescue teams to help in Haiti following their earthquake in 2010. She is also the director for her church’s medical team.

Denise and her family have lived in Pecan Grove for many years and she considers it an honor and a privilege to be able to serve friends and neighbors in Pecan Grove and surrounding areas. 

Admin. Captain: Corey Chierighino

Corey Chierighino and his family moved to Pecan Grove in 1994, from Boling, Tx. He has lived in this community since then and witnessed the many changes this area has gone through. He grew up playing T-ball where Randalls currently sits and riding his bike all through the neighborhood with friends as a child. He finds himself constantly telling his wife how he remembers all the pastures that use to be around the area. In his full time he works in the beer distribution business since 2009. In his free time he is a carpenter and a musician (drums for the win!).


In 2013 he decided to join the Fire Department and PGVFD as the perfect way to give back to the community he loves. He has been with the department ever since! He currently holds State Fire Certifications since 2014 and EMT-B certification through the State of Texas since 2015. In 2020 Corey was voted into the position of Administrative Captain by the membership of the department. He looks forward to continuing to support the Pecan Grove community in any capacity that he can!

Training Captain: Patrick Young COMING SOON!

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