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Battalion Chief Peter Dontje was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and came to the Lowcountry in 1997. He graduated from Thomas Heyward Academy in Ridgeland, and then earned an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Greenville Technical College.
Battalion Chief Dontje began his career with the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department in August of 2011. He has served in numerous roles throughout his career, most recently as battalion chief of Shift 3. He also currently serves as a fire investigator and fire instructor.
Battalion Chief Dontje is a graduate of Leadership Beaufort Class of 2019. He has also been awarded the department’s family and professionalism awards.
Chief Dontje and his wife, Dorothy, live in Beaufort with their four children.