Midwest City Fire Department announces promotions

BY KAY HUNT, City of Midwest City Modified: November 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm •  Published: November 21, 2012
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MIDWEST CITY -- The Midwest City Fire Department has announced that 16 firefighters received promotions during a ceremony Nov. 21 at the Midwest City Senior Center.

According to Fire Chief Randy Olsen, the Department has recently seen the retirement of just over 10 percent of our total department personnel, creating the need to conduct promotion testing to fill these key positions within our department.

In addition, Olsen said, retirements and promotions have led to the department being able to reorganize and reallocate man power throughout the city.

“We are very pleased to recognize these outstanding firefighters for not only their promotions, but, for their service to our community. These newly promoted officers represent the future leadership of our department.

" I believe that we are in great shape to continue the legacy left by those who lead this Department to be one of the finest, if not the finest fire departments in the Ccuntry," Olsen said.

Firefighters receiving promotions include:

Ryan Ashley: promoted from Firefighter to Apparatus Operator. Ashley joined the MWC department in 2005 and is currently assigned to Station No. 1.

On Dec. 30, 2011, Ashley was a part of the crew that responded to Choctaw and rescued three teenagers from the water tower, via rope rescue.

On May 7, 2012, Ashley was again a part of the crew that responded to Raintree Apartments and assisted with rescuing three residents from the second story window by ladder.

Ashley enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters.

J.C. Carroll: promoted from Lieutenant to Captain. Carroll joined the MWC department in 1998 and is assigned to Station No. 6.

Eddie Ellis: promoted from Senior Firefighter to Driver/Operator. Ellis joined the MWC department in 2003 and is assigned to Station No. 4. Ellis has received several letters of recognition for repairs made on fire stations. He enjoys hunting, fishing and anything to do with firearms.

Gavin Hall: promoted from Senior Firefighter to Apparatus Operator. Hall joined the MWC department in 2007 and is assigned to Station No. 1. When not on duty, Hall enjoys playing golf.

Michael D. Herron: promoted from Lieutenant to Captain. Herron joined the MWC department in 1996 and is assigned to Station No. 1.

While at the department, Herron has been a member of the Honor Guard since 2003, Tech Rescue member, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) committee member, instructor for Green Shift EMS, and safety committee member.

In addition, Herron has been recognized by the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association for "acts above and beyond the call of duty" relating to an accident on Interstate 40.

Herron is also the chairperson for the departments Health & Wellness committee.

Brian Iley: promoted from Senior Firefighter to Apparatus Operator. Iley joined the MWC department in 2004 and is assigned to Station No. 1. While at the department, Iley has served on the SCBA committee and is responsible for maintenance on SCBA’s. When not working, he enjoys fishing, camping, and time with his wife.

Jeffery Ingram: promoted from Senior Firefighter to Apparatus Operator. Ingram joined the MWC department in 22004 and is assigned to Station No. 2.

Don Johnson: promoted from Lieutenant to Captain. Johnson joined the MWC department in 2000 and is assigned to Station No. 3. He was recognized as the Ridgecrest Elementary School Patron of the Year in 2000-2001. When not working, he enjoys playing golf and mountain biking.

Josh Lane: promoted from Senior Firefighter to Apparatus Operator. Lane joined the MWC department in 2003 and is assigned to Station No. 2. When not working, he enjoys hunting, fishing and sports.

Jarett Metheny: promoted from Major to Shift Commander. Metheny joined the MWC department in 1995 and is assigned to Station No. 1. He has been honored by the Mid-Del 100 Club as Firefighter of the Year in 1996 and 2005. When not working, Metheny enjoys riding bikes, camping and his kid’s activities.

Kevin Miller: promoted from Senior Firefighter to Apparatus Operator. Miller joined the MWC department in 2002 and is assigned to Station No. 6. He is a member of the department’s Honor Guard and in December 2011 was a part of the ropes rescue off of the Choctaw water tower. When not working, he enjoys Jiu Jitsu and kick-boxing.

Reece Morrison: promoted from Ride Out Major to Assistant Fire Chief. Morrison joined the MWC department in 1996 and is assigned to Station No. 1. As a firefighter, Morrison has been a seven-time member of the department’s New Mexico Haz Mat Challenge championship team. He was also named Firefighter of the Year in 2007. When not working, he enjoys fishing and being with his kids.

Bert Norton: promoted from Lieutenant to Captain. Norton joined the MWC department in 2001 and is assigned to Station No. 2. He served as the President of the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association in 2011. When not working, Norton enjoys hunting, golf and fishing.

Eugene Sateren: promoted from Senior Firefighter to Apparatus Operator. Sateren joined the MWC department in 2002 and is assigned to Station No. 1. He was recognized for saving a girl from a pier hole.

When not working, Sateren enjoys hiking, attending his kid’s sports activities and Thunder basketball.

Robert Toney: promoted from Lieutenant to Captain. Toney joined the MWC department in 2000 and is assigned to Station No. 2. He served as a member of the crew that was honored as Firefighters of the Year in 2010. When not working, he enjoys participating in outdoor activities and sports with his six children.

Anthony Williams: promoted from Lieutenant to Captain. Williams joined the MWC department in 1998 and is assigned to Station No. 1. He served as an original member of the department’s Honor Guard.

When not working, he enjoys spending time outdoors, watching his kids play sports, reading and vacationing with his family.