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Moving on up

Fire department promotes 54 firefighters

Photo by Curt Yeomans
Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services officials pose with three newly promoted batallion chiefs Friday during a promotion ceremony at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. Fifty-four employees of the fire department received promotions during the event.

Photo by Curt Yeomans Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services officials pose with three newly promoted batallion chiefs Friday during a promotion ceremony at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. Fifty-four employees of the fire department received promotions during the event.

JONESBORO — Wanting to give promotions a bit more pomp and circumstance, Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services tried something different Friday and held its first formal promotions ceremony.

The fire department recognized 54 firefighters and paramedics who were promoted to the ranks of sergeant, TAD sergeant, lieutenant, TAD lieutenant, TAD captain and TAD battalion chief at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. Much like a graduation, each promoted firefighter and paramedic was called up individually, shook hands with fire Chief Jeff Hood and posed for photos with department leaders.

Family members, meanwhile, snapped pictures. All of the promoted officers posed for one large group photo afterward.

“To my knowledge, it’s the largest group in a formal setting,” said Hood. “There’s been piecemeal, one or two here and there but its never been in a formal setting. It’s usually been a call to the chief’s office. That’s something I changed. I said we’ll wait and have a ceremony. I think it’s important enough that we want to recognize them this way.”

The promotions include:

Sergeant — Christopher Bassett; Daniel Durand; Paul Palmer; Vince Richards; Kyle Sherrit; Daniel Waters; Travis Williams, Lorenzo Wyatt, Michael Almand; Brian Bailey; Richard Bishop; Zachary Botkin; Cory Bowen; Jason Campbell; Ernest Carithers; Bernard Cohowcz; Angelina Davis; Rachel Dornbusch; Thomas Dutton; Andrew Eaton; John Foster; Scott Hand; Daniel Hardegree; Marvin Ledgister; Euphratus Martin; Wayne Martin; Joseph Megrue; Kevin Mitchell; Ryan Morrison; Travis Nichols; Jared Olmstead; Anthony Russo; Christopher Simpson; Zachariah Terrell; Kenneth Turner; Bradley Wiley; Eric Wilkerson and Darius Wilson.

Lieutenant — Lawrence Adams; Vernon Butler; Jesse Lopez, Kenyon Stanciel, Steve Bookman; Douglas Grusing; Sean Moran; Jerry Raper and Collin Veasley.

Captain — Stephen Baran; William Cooper; Anthony Grimaldi and Leroy Travis.

Battalion Chief — Johnny Brown, Gerald Fordham and Jeff McHenry.