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DFD honors four for completing state training

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, November 17, 2012

FIREFIGHTERS HONORED – Four Decatur firefighters were honored Thursday with badges signifying their completion of state firefighter certification. Fire Chief Mike Richardson and the men’s shift captains took part in the formal badge presentation. From left are Captain Cliff Oates, Captain Chris Caster, firefighters Peter Franco, Jason Daniel, Todd Nelson, Mark Cannon and Captain Nate Mara. Messenger photo by Roy J. Eaton

The Decatur Fire Department Thursday honored four volunteer firefighters with their firefighter certification badges and black helmets signifying their full state certification as firefighters.

Honored at the event were Todd Nelson, Peter Franco, Mark Cannon and Jason Daniel. Fire Chief Mike Richardson, who presented the badges, said it was the on-going training goal goal of the department to make sure that people “can’t tell the difference” between the professional and volunteer firefighters.

Training Captain Nate Mara said that over the past year Decatur firefighters had devoted more than 2,000 hours to training and education. The four honored with their state certification had individually completed 200 hours of training.

In addition to Mara, Captains Cliff Oates and Chris Caster assisted Richardson with the badge presentation ceremony.

Richardson and Deputy Chief Deroy Bennett honored administrative assistant Sherry Wilson for her service to the department. “We would all be lost without her,” Richardson said.

Two firefighters, Jed Boyd and Eli Nobles, were promoted from EMT to Paramedic state certification and two others, Jason Daniel and Dusty Baker, received their state EMT certification. Todd Nelson and Ryan Davis received ECA (Emergency Care Attendant) certification.

When Decatur firefighters complete a year in the department, they receive personalized helmet shields. Those were presented to Eric Pedroza, Jennifer Tumlinson, Franco, Nelson, Cannon, Daniel, Davis and Baker.

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