Gwinnett Fire Promotional Ceremony and Recruit Graduation

Press release from Gwinnett and Fire Emergency Services

(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.

Group Photo. Contributed by Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services

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

Zach Schaller


Sean Ballisty

Chad Sheppard


Micah Lynn


Stoney Polite  

Video of the graduation ceremony:

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