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New officers, promotions at LF-R

Posted: May 23, 2014 2:23 p.m.
Updated: May 26, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Chief Dennis Ray presented two officer promotions, one new employee and one retiree to those attending the LF-R Board’s meeting on May 19. The meeting took place at LF-R headquarters in Lugoff.

Friends and family of the recognized personnel came to see the official badge pinning, helmet awarding, and other recognition for the staff members by Chief Ray in the presence of LF-R commissioners.

Ray promoted Michael Stanfield to captain from a pool of applicants after a series of tests that included a written exam, practical skill exam and an Assessment Center Interview Panel. Captain Stanfield will be responsible for the proper coordination of fire and rescue operations as well as the shift leader of each duty shift, among other leadership duties in the department.

Ray also promoted Gavine Locklear to the rank of lieutenant. Ray said Locklear was also selected from among a pool of senior firefighters within the department after a series of written and practical scenarios as well as a formal interview. Lt. Locklear will be responsible for interior firefighting operations as well as a relief shift leader for his duty shift.

Chief Ray recognized Chase Horton as the LF-R’s newest member, assigned to “B” Shift. Horton also serves as a volunteer firefighter with the Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Volunteer Fire Department.

Finally, Chief Ray recognized Captain Tammy Hinson for her seven years of service to the LF-R and for her recent retirement from the fire service. Ray awarded Hinson her duty helmet as well as a large Fire Bugle Award recognizing her years of service.

“Lugoff Fire-Rescue has grown into one of the premier and most pro-active fire departments in the nation,” Ray said in a press release. “This is possible because of the members that make this department successful as they demonstrate the passion for the profession and the desire to serve our citizens. Each of our staff members carries out our most important mission of all in the Fire Service that ‘Everyone Goes Home.’”

The LF-R has 14 career firefighters, 14 volunteer firefighters, 10 part-time firefighters, and eight firefighting Explorers.

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