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Chattanooga Firefighters honored at Awards Program

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The Chattanooga firefighters who received promotions last year, along with Mayor Andy Berke and Fire Chief Lamar Flint The Chattanooga firefighters who received promotions last year, along with Mayor Andy Berke and Fire Chief Lamar Flint
Lt. Alex Cole (middle) and Captain Ashley May (right), Firefighters of the Year for 2014, received their certificates from Mayor Berke. Lt. Alex Cole (middle) and Captain Ashley May (right), Firefighters of the Year for 2014, received their certificates from Mayor Berke.
The recipients of the Heroism Awards (from left to right) – Firefighter Jon Riley, Lt. Chris LaFerry, Senior Firefighter Larry Olivier, Chief Flint, Firefighter Engineer Quinton Staton, Mayor Berke, Firefighter David Ruffin and Senior Firefighter Josh Bur The recipients of the Heroism Awards (from left to right) – Firefighter Jon Riley, Lt. Chris LaFerry, Senior Firefighter Larry Olivier, Chief Flint, Firefighter Engineer Quinton Staton, Mayor Berke, Firefighter David Ruffin and Senior Firefighter Josh Bur

Chattanooga firefighters honored their own at an awards program Thursday night. It was the first awards program for the department and plans are to make it an annual event. Fire Chief Lamar Flint and Mayor Andy Berke led the program, which honored those firefighters who retired or received promotions in 2014.

Firefighters also received awards for their outstanding efforts on two different incidents last year. Captain Ashley May and Lieutenant Alex Cole were named Firefighters of the Year for saving a man's life in a duplex fire at 2103 Daisy Street on Aug. 5, 2014.

Lieutenant Chris LaFerry, Firefighter Engineer Quinton Staton, Firefighter Jon Riley, Firefighter Senior Larry Olivier, Firefighter David Ruffin and Firefighter Senior Josh Burchard received Heroism Awards for their efforts at a tragic house fire at 220 Houser Street on Nov. 26, 2014. Though the two victims – Randall and Candy Lockhart -- did not survive, the firefighters put themselves in harm's way and went to extraordinary efforts to get the victims out of the burning house. Their three children are now living with their grandparents.

Here's a complete list of the firefighters who were honored Thursday night: 

Retirees:

  • David Barie, Captain
  • Billy Gaston, Lieutenant
  • C.J. Howell, Firefighter Senior
  • Rusty Rymer, Captain
  • Shawn Shipley, Lieutenant
  • Steve Swanson, Battalion Chief

Promotions:

  • Terrance Andrews, Captain
  • Brent Arnold, Captain
  • David Bishop, Lieutenant
  • Charles Blevins, Captain
  • Don Bowman, Battalion Chief
  • Jonathan Campbell, Lieutenant
  • Kevin Carpenter, Captain
  • Chris Cordes, Captain
  • Michael Dozier, Captain
  • Bradley Freeman, Lieutenant
  • Telly Grant, Lieutenant
  • Timothy Greer, Captain
  • Ronnie Goss, Lieutenant
  • James Guerrieri, Lieutenant
  • James Henegar, Captain
  • Vernon Horn, Lieutenant
  • David Hullander, Lieutenant
  • William Jackson, Captain
  • Robert Kirby, Lieutenant
  • Terry Knowles, Captain
  • Chadwick Mansfield, Lieutenant
  • David Matthews, Lieutenant
  • Justin McCommon, Lieutenant
  • Ronny McMillian, Captain
  • Nate Middlebrooks, Battalion Chief
  • Chadd Nichols, Lieutenant
  • Raymond Reed, Lieutenant
  • Marcus Rice, Captain
  • Eric Roddy, Lieutenant
  • Evan Rose, Captain
  • Perry Stephens, Captain
  • Wadie Suttles, Captain
  • Tyler Swindell, Lieutenant
  • Justin Vice, Lieutenant
  • Alfred Walker, Captain
  • Andrew Waters, Captain
  • Jeff Webster, Lieutenant

Firefighters of the Year for 2014:

  • Captain Ashley May and Lieutenant Alex Cole
  • For response to duplex fire at 2103 Daisy Street on 8-05-14

Heroism Awards for 2014:

  • Lieutenant Chris LaFerry, Firefighter Engineer Quinton Staton, Firefighter Jon Riley, Firefighter Senior Larry Olivier, Firefighter David Ruffin, Firefighter Senior Josh Burchard
  • For response to house fire at 220 Houser Street on 11-26-14

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