DFD inducts six new recruits, honors former firemen

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 13, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &045; Surrounded by friends, family and former firemen, six new recruits along with two first year firefighters were inducted into the Demopolis Fire and Rescue Department Thursday evening.

The ceremony began by recognizing former chiefs and assistant chiefs. Capt. Tommy Tate spoke fondly of the former firemen.

George Davenport, who retired from the department in Nov. 2006, was recognized for his service to the city. Chief Ron Few presented him with the last helmet he wore while he was chief of the department. Davenport had a few words for the recruits.

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Other recognitions were given to Firemen Karl Hale and James Bailey, for their work as training officers. James Rhone, who has been with the Demopolis Fire Department for 25 years, was also honored with an award from Few, who called him a &8220;mentor&8221; for his capabilities and concern for his fellow firemen.

After these recognitions were given, the six newest members of the department were pinned.

The A Shift crew, pinned by Capt. Vernon Waters, includes Chris Burrell and Matt Allred. The B Shift crew, pinned by Capt. Karl Johnson, includes Lafayette Wilson and Jason Fields. The C Shift crew, pinned by Tate, includes Marco Rembert and Charles Raby.

These new recruits along with first year Firemen Jonathan Sommers and Justin King, who have been with the department since June, took their oath of office, as read by Mayor Cecil P. Williamson.

Director of Public Safety Jeff Manuel addressed the recruits, saying they have traveled a long road to get to where they are.

On a more somber note, Manuel reminded the gathered audience that there would be some holidays and some family events missed, because no on can know when disaster will strike.