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2015 Fire Services Awards Ceremony
Congratulations to all Fire Service personnel who were recognized at the 2015 Awards Ceremony. Thank you for what each of you do for Lexington County Fire Service.
2015 Fire Officer of the Year: Captain Michael Vantroost
2015 The Firefighter of the Year: Firefighter Blaine Hinson
Chief’s Commendations: Sean O’Brien, Chris Hallman, Eric Reed, Michael Ross, Gary Merrill, Michael Vantroost, Jerry Grace, Rusty Rivers, Jeff Berry, Scott Salyer, Brad Amick, Justin Buck, Cam Glover, Blaine Hinson, Justin Metts, Ken Lorick, Tony Feraci, Michael Schlegel, Antoine Kelly, Nathan Galub, Daniel Nelson, Mike Hannon, John Cottrell, Trent Campbell, Walter Roberts, Steve Cannon, Chris Jackson, Matt Hamilton, Barry Brown, Todd Sharpe, Michael Smith, Mark Hollis, Anthony D’Onofrio, Byron McCraw, Michael Pfieffer, Mike Hinson and James Forsythe.
Perfect Attendance Award: Wesley Bass, Joe Leeks and Nic Emasie
Training for Excellence Award: Michael Schlegel, Jacob Hare, Michael Robinson and Joe Dannelly
Emergency Response Team Awards: Michael Hinson, Anthony D’Onofrio, Todd Sharpe, Matt Hamilton, Brandon Bargaheiser
Meritorious Unit Awards: Martin Friar, Justin Buck, Steve Cannon, Charles Heath, Blaine Hinson, Chris Jackson, Kris Lange, Todd Sharpe, Chris Winn, Marion Wooten, Brad Youngblood, Brandon Bargaheiser, Barry Brown, Nathan Brunson, Ryan Driggers, Matt Hamilton, Joe Leeks, Hunter Roberts, Wes Shepard, Michael Smith, Anthony D’Onofrio, Chris Shirey, Mark Hollis, Byron McCraw, Mike Pfeiffer, Justin Buck, Travis Holliman, Gus Coutsos, Nathan Galub, Hunter Poston, Brian Crooks, Danny Tribble, Richard Wymer, Rocky Derrick
Medical Life Saving Awards: Michael Collado, Alexander Kimball, Bob Hackler, Blaine Hinson, Nathan Brunson, Joe Leeks, Chad Williams, Danny Hunter, Allan Farley, Keith Rawl, Kayla Brock, Brandon Krell, Eric Shirley, Chris Brewster, Rollie Reynolds, Jeremy Lewis, Chris Shirey, Anthony D’Onofrio, Byron McCraw, Corey Coleman
Life Saving Medal: Bill Braithwaite, Ryan Neese
Firefighter Recruit School Graduates Eleventh Class
The Lexington County Fire Service is proud to announce the graduation of the eleventh class of its Firefighter Recruit School. The graduation was held in the Council Chambers of the County Administration Building on June 19, 2015. Eleven graduating recruits were recognized.
Firefighter Recruit School 15-01 began instruction in March at the County Fire Training Center. Instructors and mentors from the Fire Service conducted the training over a sixteen 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 prepare them for success in their fire service careers.
Welcome and congratulations to the Lexington County Fire Service Recruit Class 15-01.
Graduates include: Richard Reed (Honor Graduate and Academic Achievement), Tony Jumpp (Academic Award), Christopher Schongar (Physical Fitness Award), Kristopher Arnett (Class Leader), Robert Blanton (Assistant Class Leader), Andrew Burkhardt, Dillon Burnes, Joe Dannelly, Jackson Hoskins, Christopher Starnes and Michael Towers.
Washington, D.C. Fire Service Institute Dinner
Lexington County Fire Service was invited to attend the 27th Annual Congressional Fire Service Institute Dinner in Washington, DC on April 16th. Representing Lexington County were Planning Officer Michael Vantroost, Apparatus Operator Kayla Brock and Training Officer Glenn Williams. Vice-President Joe Biden was the key note speaker who spoke on family and leadership in the Fire Service. Approximately 1,500 firefighters from around the country attended this event.
Walk a Mile in Their Shoes Event
The Lexington County Fire Service recruit class 15-01 participated in the "Walk a mile in their shoes" fundraiser Wednesday April 15th. Firefighters walked to help raise awareness for and supports survivors of sexual assault , abuse and educate the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Autism Awareness Day
On Saturday, March 28th, Lexington County Fire Service participated in the Autism Awareness Day at Virginia Hylton Park. This event was sponsored by the Lexington County Police Department to give children and adults who have autism the opportunity to see first- hand emergency responder personnel and their vehicles. Approximately 200 children and 100 adults attended the event.
Fire Service Explorer Post 1974
On March 14th, the SC Fire Academy held its annual Southeastern Fire School Explorer Competition. Eight members of the Lexington County Fire Service Explorer Post #1974 were split into two groups to compete in the events. The competition was specifically for explorer groups from around the state to challenge their ability to don their structural firefighting gear and self-contained breathing apparatus, and assemble/deploy hose lines, both in a timely manner. All of the Lexington County Fire Service Post #1974 showed great sportsmanship, teamwork, and enthusiasm while at Southeastern Fire School. Although the team did not bring home trophies this year, next year is just around the corner.
Lexington County Fire Service Participates In Midlands Heart Walk
On Saturday, March 21st, Lexington County Fire Service participated in the American Heart Association/Midlands Heart Walk. This is the third year that Fire Service has formed a group to walk in their bunker gear and bring awareness to the number one killer of firefighters across the country. Approximately 40 firefighters walked in their gear with an additional 30 family members and friends joining them. Special participant this year included Firefighter Adam Bacon and his family. Thanks to all those who participated by walking and/or helping Fire Service meets its goal of $500. We want to encourage everyone to make plans to join us next year.
Cheer for the Chavis House
The Kindergarten classes at New Providence Elementary School in Lexington adopted the Jeff Chavis House for their holiday season project by sponsoring Cheer for the Chavis House. These kindergarteners collected travel size toiletries to share with guests at the Jeff Chavis House in Augusta, Georgia which provides free lodging for family members while someone they love is in the Augusta Burn Center. A big thanks to these students for sponsoring this very worthwhile project!
Firefighter Recruit School Graduates Tenth Class
The Lexington County Fire Service is proud to announce the graduation of the tenth class of its Firefighter Recruit School. The graduation was held at the Lexington Municipal Conference Center on November 21, 2014. Fourteen graduating recruits were recognized.
Firefighter Recruit School 14-01 began instruction in August at the County Fire Training Center. Instructors and mentors from the Fire Service conducted the training over a sixteen-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 14-01.
Michael Robinson (Honor Graduate), Dustin Corley (Academic Award), Ryan Martin (Physical Fitness Award), Victor Tomaino (Class Leader), Justin Evans (Assistant Class Leader), Ashley Durham (Class Medic), Thomas Aaron, Brian Crooks, Shannon Davis, David Harris, Chris Oswald, Ryan Rector, Bryant Smith, James Sorrells.
2014 Lexington County MDA Boot Drive Raises Over $24,000
October 28th -30th, firefighters from Lexington County Fire Service took part in the annual MDA boot drive to raise funds to battle muscular dystrophy. Lexington County firefighters collected $24,368.93 at major intersections across Lexington County during this three day event. This money will be used to help families in the Midlands living with this neuromuscular disease. Thanks to those who participated to help find a cure for this disease, as well as providing these families with lifesaving services including visits to the MDA clinic, flu shots, and assistance with repairs to medical equipment, and MDA summer camp.
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
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.
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.|
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. |
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. |
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 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.
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