New firefighter/paramedics graduation Ceremony at Gwinnett Fire & Emergency Services

Press release from Gwinnett County Fire And Emergency Services

 (Lawrenceville, Ga., March 21, 2019) – Pride and honor filled the Auditorium at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville last Thursday, March 14, 2019.  The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services combined a promotional ceremony with the graduation of firefighter-paramedic recruits. The ceremony included the prestigious custom of badge pinning coupled with pictures as family members stepped forward to share in the momentous event with their loved ones.

The new promotions included 10-Driver Engineers, 4-Lieutenants, 5-Captains, 1-Battalion Chief, 2-District Commander/Section Manager. The invocation led by Captain Tommy Rutledge not only reminded all in attendance of the tremendous leadership we have in our County and Department, but attention was also drawn to the privileged position that fire personnel have to serve the citizens of Gwinnett County.

Below is a list of all the personnel who were promoted.  Some have already been in the position for a period of time and were recognized during last week’s ceremony.


Rodney Hollon                      Jeb Joiner

David Klein                              Jimmy Knowles

Web Marshall                        Payton Miller

Justin Petty                            Ben Pierce

Zabi Polard                              Clay Scott 


Miller Brown                          Josh Hughes

Will Kinard                               Justin Wilson


Charlie Bryson                       Matthew Cook

Ronnie Ezell                            Keith Gawronski

Brad Sheppard


Scott Lewis


Derek Perkins                          Brent Dunbar

(Promotions Group Photo)

The Department also proudly announced the graduation of 17 new recruits who completed the department’s demanding training program to become certified Firefighter-Paramedics.  Additionally, there were 10 veteran firefighters with a desire to increase the level of medical service they could provide who successfully completed the paramedic training program.

After almost a year and a half of training that included basic firefighting skills, classroom instruction, and medical clinical rotations at various hospitals and on numerous ambulances, the recruits were recognized for their dedication to hard work and commitment.

The Fire Chief was joined by Gwinnett County Administrator Glenn Stephens, Deputy County Administrator Phil Hoskins, District 2 Commissioner Ben Ku, District 4 Commissioner Marlene Fosque, and Associate Medical Director Abdullah Almehbash in congratulating everyone for their many accomplishments.  The message to the culturally diverse recruit class from the dignitaries was consistent. Continue learning throughout their career and to always serve with kindness and compassion.

Several class awards and recognitions were given out to include: Academic Award to Dezmond Sherrod, Core Values Award to Darrious Cook, Paramedic Star of Life Award to Michael Latimore, and Physical Fitness and Top Rung to Royce Harrison.

Veteran Firefighters Who Completed the Paramedic Program

Charles Andrews                  Zach Brooks

Jared Eager                    Ryan Hellmann

Andy Lane                      Austin Nash

Brian Prescott                Trent Smith

Justin White                   Evan Wiley

New Firefighter/Paramedic Recruit Graduates

Austin Anderson             Darrious Cook

Dominique Floyd            Royce Harrison

Charlie Hershman          Luke Holbrooks

Clinton Hughes               Jalanni James

Josh Kurtz                       Mike Latimore

John Leek                       Jonathan Nugent

Hugo Posso Ramirez      Alex Santiago-Hernandez

Rodolfo Sasso Cones      Dezmond Sherrod

Hung Vong

(Firefighter-Paramedic Graduates Group Photo)

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