Several local firefighters promoted to full-time were honored in a ceremony last month during a Somerset City Council meeting.
Firefighters Tyler Crabtree, Zeke Reynolds, Phillip Rogers and Nathan Thayer during the Sept. 23 city council meeting were sworn in by Pulaski Circuit Judge David A. Tapp.
“We always want to remember our first responders, whether that be firemen, police or EMS ... we lift all of them up,” said Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler before the ceremony. “Sometimes it’s difficult to express how we appreciate the service they do.
“Here in Somerset we are very pleased with our first responders and emergency personnel,” Girdler added.
The four were recently promoted from part-time to full-time as part of an effort to bolster the ranks of the Somerset Fire Department. They took their oath of office before a packed city council chamber filled with friends, family and fellow firefighters.
“This is the place that I chose to make my home ... this is the single finest place I’ve ever lived, and it’s in part, if not in large part, due to the quality of people we have in this community,” Tapp told the four young men. “ ... You all represent the best of that.”
Tapp thanked the four newly-promoted firefighters and other emergency responders for their service.
“It’s unfortunate that in this country, to often it’s the tragedies ... when we’ve had some kind of horrible occurrence in our communities, when we take the time out to say thank you to those who serve,” said Tapp. “Thank you for your service ... there will be many times in your career when you will no doubt be placed in harm’s way in carrying out your duties ... we thank you in advance for that.”
Two other firefighters, Doug Burns and David Volz, were promoted from the rank of lieutenant to captain during the meeting.