Lickert was hired at the Hamilton Fire Department in 1961. He gained respect early from those he worked with as he learned the streets of the entire city to qualify to drive a fire truck.
From there he was promoted to lieutenant, then captain and eventually deputy chief, which led to an opportunity in arson investigation.
In September 1983, Lickert became fire chief and served in that capacity until he retired in 1991.
He is credited with being a driving force that helped develop the Hamilton Professional Firefighters IAFF, Local 20, and with the creation of the Hamilton Firefighters Clubhouse Association.
Lickert was also active in Hamilton’s Operation Pumpkin, and many other outreach endeavors around the city. He was a 1952 graduate of Hamilton High School and also served his country. He joined the Army in 1953 and served in Korea as a helicopter mechanic. After being honorably discharged in February 1955, he went to work at Ford Motor Company.
Lickert is survived by two sons, Greg of Cincinnati and Jeff of Atlanta, as well as two grandchildren.