The Cedartown Fire Department (CFD) promoted the ranking of five firefighters this morning in a small ceremony held inside the fire hall.
Cedartown Fire Chief Sammy Stephens announced the promotion of Darrell Stephens to assistant chief, Scott Jackson to battalion chief, Steve Yarbrough to captain, Jason Shuman to lieutenant, and Jeremy Manning to engine driver.
Darrell Stephens began his career with the CFD in 1990. As assistant chief, Stephens will be second in command of the department. “I challenge you to always be open to the men working below you,” said Chief Sammy Stephens. He also instructed Stephens to have an open door policy, make decisions based on facts, and to serve the department and this community to the best of his ability. Stephens takes on the role of recently retired assistant chief Lee Wilkerson.
Scott Jackson began his firefighting career in 1993. As battalion chief, he will serve with each shift and be an active part of their daily routine. Chief Stephens challenged Jackson to be positive and understanding of the needs that come with that title. “Understand that your instructions could not only save the life of those we serve, but could save the life of a firefighter within this department. Never underestimate the influence this position has over individuals in this department.”
Steve Yarbrough was hired by the CFD in 1998 and was promoted to captain. “The influence you will have over your shift cannot be taken for granted,” Chief Stephens told Yarbrough. “Those serving under you will take on your attributes. I challenge you to put those men and this department first and hold it with top priority when on duty and off.”
Hired by the CFD in 2002, Jason Shuman’s promotion of lieutenant puts him in charge of getting his shift safely to the scene of a fire and providing a charged hose line during firefighting and life saving deployments. “I challenge you to work hand in hand with your captain, offering suggestions and support as needed and to set an example to those under you as a new officer within this department,” Stephens said.
Jeremy Manning began working with the CFD in 2005. As engine driver, Manning must have a vast working knowledge of the geographic layout of the community. “You will be required to know your job as well as the lieutenant position above,” Stephens said. “I challenge you to set a positive example in action and words, to be a valuable link within your shift and to help those with less experience.”
Lee Wilkerson, who worked his last official day today, March 24, presented each firefighter with helmets and badges to mark their promotion. At the end of the ceremony, Wilkerson was presented with his helmet as a token of appreciation. The ceremony also saw the addition of the city’s newest firefighter, Nick Demko. Demko will begin duties on March 31.