(Lawrenceville, Ga., September 23, 2019) – The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services combined a promotional ceremony with the graduation of new firefighter-paramedic recruits from Class 2018-2 on September 19, 2019. It was a ceremony rich in fire service tradition with a prestigious badge pinning taking place. Families and loved ones took pictures as new leaders were recognized and new members of the fire family were welcomed.
The new promotions included ten Driver Engineers, five Lieutenants, two Captains, one Battalion Chief and one Assistant Chief. Service was a theme that resonated throughout the ceremony starting with the invocation which spoke of having a “servant’s heart.” Fire Chief Russell Knick was joined by Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte J. Nash, District 2 Commissioner Ben Ku, County Administrator Glenn Stephens and members of the department’s Command Staff, in congratulating everyone for their many accomplishments. All fire personnel was encouraged to continue to provide an excellent level of service just as the retirees before they had set the standard.
Below is a list of personnel that were promoted. Some have already been in the position for a period of time and were officially recognized during the ceremony.
Jonathan Butler Chase Dutton
Wesley Ferguson Brent Forrester
Mark Johnson Michael Poe
Brian Prescott Michael Salain
Ryan Wagoner Anthony Weatherford
Anthony Bennett Alex Crowe
Jeb Joiner Caleb Jordan
Video of the graduation ceremony: