The Oklahoma City Fire Department announced the following promotions.
Promoted to major were Ronnie Barbee, Keith Castillo, George Bradley, Milton Blackburn and William Moulton, and to training officer/major, Ryan Lujan.
Promoted to captain were Jay Dooner and David Fields.
Promoted to lieutenant were James Fraysur, Matthew Greenroyd and Blake Harper.
Promoted to sergeant were T.J. Aragon, Jeremy Bivin, Tim Chisholm, Billy Downs, Jerod Goodwin, Lucus Qualls, Cort Smith, Bryan Suchy, Michael Tucci and Jamie Ward.
The state Department of Human Services developmental disabilities service recognized Michelle Thomas-Watt, of Oklahoma City, with an award of excellence in direct support services.
Thomas-Watt is a direct support professional for State Community Services Oklahoma and was nominated by Afia Wright, her coordinator and supervisor. Wright said Thomas-Watt has remarkable ties with the three men with developmental disabilities that she supports and the same is true with their families.
“The families continuously rave about the supreme level of care and knowledge that Michelle continuously displays,” Wright said. “She’s constantly thinking of ways to better equip the people she supports with the tools they need and works to make sure that the three men she cares for are a thriving, positive and recognizable force in the community in which they live.”
Wright said Thomas-Watt often takes the men she supports to places where they can gain access to a wide variety of experiences, including the mall, parks, church and concerts.
A direct support service professional is someone who works as a direct care worker for a person with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. These workers can include habilitation training specialists, job coaches and group home staff, as well as habilitation aides, workshop staff and agency companions. They also can be specialized foster parents.
FROM STAFF REPORTS