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Lexington County Fire Service Banquet Honors Employees


Lexington County Fire Service held its 40th Anniversary awards dinner on October 2nd  at the Brookland Baptist Church Banquet and Conference Center.  Mary King, WIS-TV News 10 Sunrise Anchor, was the Emcee for the evening.  Approximately 300 firefighters and their guests attended the event.  The dinner is a time for the Fire Service to gather and  recognize personnel for longevity through length of service, naming of the Firefighter and Fire Officer of the Year,  as well as presenting  meritorious awards and  Chief’s Commendations for outstanding service.   


A total of 35 service awards were presented to honored personnel with five to thirty years of service with Lexington County Fire Service for 2014.   

Battalion Chief  Martin Friar was named the 2014 Fire Officer of the Year.  The Firefighter of the Year Award was presented to Firefighter Wyman Dennis.


Chief’s Commendations were presented to:  Bob Hackler, Brent Shumpert, Marion Wooten, Kris Lange, Chris Shirey, Tony Signorino, Nathan Galub, Trent Campbell, Antoine Kelly, Wes Shepard, Ryan Hair and Delorme Arant.


Perfect Attendance Award:  Wesley Bass, Cary Coyle, Joe Leeks and Doug Mackey  


Training for Excellence Awards were presented to: Glenn Williams and Brodie Redd


Emergency Response Team Awards were presented to:  Michael Smith, Chris Brewster, Charles Heath, Rob Phillips, Marion Wooten, and Jeremy Lewis


Meritorious Unit Awards  were presented to:  Shelia Busby, Rusty Rivers, Joseph Horne, Charlie Miles, Alex Kimball, William McCrackin, Rocky Derrick,  Charles Sharpe, Marion Wooten, Steve Keaton, Travis Holliman,  Brandon Bargaheiser, Bob Hackler, Blaine Hinson, Brad Youngblood, Barry Brown, Dan Mazzone


Medical Life Saving Award were presented to: Tim D Spires, Justin Buck, Marion Wooten, Charlie Miles, Travis Holliman, Nathan Galub, Brent Shumpert, Cody Redd, Eric Shirley, Andy Taylor


Life Saving Medal:  Jeremy Simmons, Trent Campbell, Victor Tomaino, Chris Jackson, Michael Hendrix, Matthew Hamilton



Lexington County Fire Services Receives Letters of Appreciation




 Make A Wish Foundation 

 Southeastern Firefighters' Burn Foundation



Lexington County Fire Safe Business Recognition  


Lexington County Fire Service has recognized three businesses within the County for their commitment to provide a fire safe workplace environment.  The Lexington County Fire Safe Business award was presented to Crossroads Café in the Fairview community, Happy China in Lexington, and the Lowes Home Improvement Store in Red Bank.


The Fire Safe Business award is presented each month to businesses in the Lexington County Community to recognize a continuing effort to provide a fire safe workplace for employees and customers, a commitment to fire and life safety codes, and to provide a safe and economically thriving business area within our community.


 Lexington County Public Safety would like to congratulation these Fire Safe Businesses!


 Owners James and Shirley Smith with their daughter Pam Bailey accepting the award for Crossroads cafe.

Employee Sherry Weng accepting the award for Happy China.


Loss prevention manager, Ray Craig and associate managers accepting for Lowes Home Improvement in Red Bank.



Firefighters Complete Wildland Training


On August 6 2014 members of the Lexington County Fire Service completed the S130 Wildland firefighter training course conducted by the South Carolina Forestry Commission. This course requires 35 hours of classroom and a field practical exercise designed to simulate wildland fire behavior and fire control.


Wildland Fire Training Crew




      Firefighter Wes Shepard Returns Home



 On Sunday, July 20, 2014 Firefighter Wes Shepard and members of the 124th National Guard Unit from Saluda returned home after serving an eleven month tour of duty in Afghanistan.  Wes was welcomed home at the airport to the sight of his fellow firefighter and the US Flag being displayed from Ladder 9, the ladder company to which Wes is assigned.



 On July 24th, Wes returned to Fire Service HQ to remove the blue star banner which had been displayed in his honor during his deployment.  A special thanks to Wes for serving our Country.





  Lexington County Fire Service Retirement Ceremony


On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, sixteen volunteer firefighters were honored with a Retirement Ceremony upon their retirement from Lexington County Fire Service.  These sixteen firefighters had over 475 years of combined service to Lexington County.
 2014 Retirement Ceremony

Those honored were:  William Anders, Bobby Barefoot, Leverne Berry, Ken Boyd,  James Cox, Robert Cromer,  Ed Crout, Jerry Crout, Scott Gantt, Ronnie Gunter,  Terry Keisler, Jeff Marthers,  Phil Price, Stanley Shumpert,  Beverly Smith, and ML Taylor.   


Fire Service wishes to thank each of these retirees for their many years of service to the citizens of Lexington County.  Their dedication will always be appreciated.




Lexington County Fire Service Stair Climb Team Recognition


Lexington County’s Fire Service team,  led by Captain Chris Ballington with team members Shannon Middleton , Scott Salyer, Kyle Markey and Chastin Lockhart, smoked the competition at the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Stair Climb on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Columbia. Lexington County’s team was the overall firefighter fundraising team with over $3,700 dollars.  Kyle Markey was fastest firefighter overall out of 23 firefighters participating and the team placed first in the firefighter team climb beating out City of Columbia and teams from the upstate as well. Lexington County Fire Services Stair Team

Congratulations to our Fire Service team.

Scott Salyer, Kyle Markey, Chris Ballington, Melissa Goforth





Lexington County Fire Service Fire Safe Business Recognition



Lexington County Fire Service has recognized three businesses within the County for their commitment to provide a fire safe workplace environment.





The Lexington County Fire Safe Business award was presented to AVTEC , Inc , and K & B Body Shop of Lexington and the Home Depot distribution center in the Lexington County Industrial Park. 

The Fire Safe Business award is presented each month to businesses in the Lexington County Community to recognize a continuing effort to provide a fire safe workplace for employees and customers, a commitment to fire and life safety codes and to provide a safe and economic thriving business area within our community. 




  Fire Service Raises $51,144 in Memory of Fallen Firefighter


Emergency Services personnel collected $51,144.01 in firefighter boots at Lexington and Richland County Wal-Mart stores, and at major intersections across Lexington County during this three-day event.

This special event is held in memory of a fallen firefighter, Jeff Chavis.  Firefighter Chavis was a Lexington County firefighter who died in 2001 while battling a structure fire.  Local emergency services personnel established this event to create and support the Jeffrey Chavis House, a residential facility which can house up to 50 individuals while their loved ones are treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA.  This burn center treats the critically injured burn patients from throughout the southeast, including Lexington and Richland Counties.

Firefighters have collected more than $611,411.01 to date through these annual boot drives.  If you would like more information or would like to contribute to the Jeffrey Chavis House, please contact Lexington County Boot Drive Coordinator Chief Eddie Turner at (803) 785-8632.



   Firefighter Campbell Receives Meritorious Action Award


The SC State Firefighter's Association awarded Lexington County Fire Service's Trent Campbell the Association’s top recognition for bravery at the annual Firefighter’s Association Fire/Rescue Conference in Myrtle Beach on

June 14, 2014.  Firefighter Campbell received the Association’s Meritorious Action Award for his actions on

November 15, 2013, when he responded to a mobile home fire with an entrapped victim. Campbell arrived on the scene to find a mobile home with heavy smoke and fire showing from the front door and windows and heavy smoke from the rear of the mobile home. He went to the only door without fire showing, the rear door, forced open the door and made entry into the mobile home to attempt a rescue. He was able to locate the victim lying face down in the hallway and removed the victim from the structure.  Once outside, Campbell assessed the victim and determined the victim was not breathing and did not have a pulse. He started CPR and continued CPR until patient care was transferred to Lexington County EMS upon their arrival. At that time, the victim had regained a pulse and crews were assisting with ventilations. The victim was transported to Lexington Medical Center and later to the Burn Center at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. In January 2014, the victim was released from the Burn Center.

Meritorious Action Award Recipient



 The Meritorious Action Award recognizes firefighters who have rendered services beyond the ordinary course of duty in an attempt to save a life regardless of the action’s success at a risk to their own life. Nominees are recognized because they reflect vigilance and professionalism of firefighters across the State of South Carolina. Congratulations and our heartfelt appreciation to Firefighter Trent Campbell for a successful rescue.  




Lexington County Fire Service participates in the American Lung Association Fight for Air Stair Climb


For the fifth consecutive year, Lexington County Fire Service participated in the American Lung Association Fight for Air Stair Climb on May 31st in Columbia. Firefighters make this climb in full gear in a 25-story building. Our team was the overall firefighter fundraising team with over $3700.00 raised. Team member firefighter Markey was the fastest firefighter out of the 23 firefighters participating. The team placed 1st in the firefighter team climb beating out teams from across the state.


Congratulations to our fire service team.


Lexington County's team Fastest team



Lexington County Fire Service Explorers Compete at Southeastern Fire School


On March 8th and 9th 2014 our newly formed Lexington County explorer post # 1974 competed in their first event as Lexington County Fire Service Explorers at Southeastern Fire School at  The South Carolina Fire Academy. This was a competition for  explorer posts from around the state. There were 15 teams represented at the competition.
The explorers  not only competed  but also received  a tour of the entire grounds and lunch was provided. The Fire Academy really welcomed everyone with open arms and made them feel at home. Each explorer left with a challenge coin and something of their choice from the South Carolina Fire Academy vendor. 
The competition consisted of a gear donning session and a hose deployment scenario. The donning scenario as a timed event and was judged by the student putting on all PPE including SCBA as fast as possible and correctly. The teams were compiled of four person teams and individual times were kept. The hose deployment included a four person team of explorers doughnut rolling three sections of hose, one 2 ½ 50 foot section and two 1 ¾ 50 sections,  then donning PPE without SCBA. The students deployed the 2 ½ to a fire hydrant and connected a gated wye at the opposite end. Then a section of 1 ¾ was connected to each side of the wye with a nozzle at the end. Once all this was completed the explorers crossed the finish line and raised their hands to signal the finish and to stop the time.
The Fire Service is truly proud of these young people and their commitment to the fire service . We are proud to say they are Lexington County Fire Service Explorers.





Firefighter Recruit School Graduates Ninth Class


The Lexington County Fire Service is proud to announce the graduation of the ninth class of its Firefighter Recruit School.  The graduation was held at the Lexington Municipal Conference Center on November 8, 2013.  Twenty-four graduating recruits were recognized.


Firefighter Recruit School 13-01 began instruction in August at the County Fire Training Center.  Instructors and mentors from the Fire Service conducted the training over a fourteen-week period.  The recruit firefighters were trained and certified in various realms of firefighting, hazardous materials, emergency medical care and fire apparatus operations.  Recruits not only learned the technical aspects of firefighting but also were trained in physical fitness, teamwork and leadership skills which prepared them for success in their fire service careers.


Welcome and congratulations to the Lexington County Fire Service Recruit Class 13-01.  Graduates include:   Brandon Bargaheiser (Honor Graduate and Class Leader), Gary Coyle, Michael Pfeiffer, John Beasley, Nicolas Emasie, Mario Griffin, Matthew Howard, Michael Klawer, Joseph Knight, Joe Leeks, Chastin Lockhart, Douglas Mackey, Andrew Massey (Physical Fitness Award), Daniel Mazzone, Jody McCraw, Gary Merrill, Shanon Middleton, Hunter Poston, Eric Reed, Michael Roberson, Michael Ross, Eric Shirley, David Shumpert (Academic Award) and Jeffery Williams.




 Smoke Alarm Tips


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