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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Marion County Fire Rescue announces multiple promotions

Marion County Fire Rescue was proud to announce on Wednesday that several firefighters/paramedics and lieutenants have received promotions.

Fire Chief James Banta kicked off the announcements with the department’s two newest Driver Engineers: Joshua Dobbs and Daniel Laxton. Prior to this week’s promotion, Dobbs and Laxton both served as a firefighter/paramedic.

Marion County Fire Rescue announces multiple promotions
Joshua Dobbs (Photo courtesy of Marion County Fire Rescue)
Marion County Fire Rescue announces multiple promotions
Daniel Laxton (Photo courtesy of Marion County Fire Rescue)

“Please congratulate these two rock stars when you see them,” said Banta in a social media post.

Three more promotions were appropriately announced on Wednesday during National EMS Week, which runs from May 15 through May 21. Lieutenants Bethany Smith, Brian Fugate, and Andrew Bragoli have been promoted to the rank of Captain.

Marion County Fire Rescue announces multiple promotions
Bethany Smith (Photo courtesy of Marion County Fire Rescue)
Marion County Fire Rescue announces multiple promotions
Brian Fugate (Photo courtesy of Marion County Fire Rescue)
Marion County Fire Rescue announces multiple promotions
Andrew Bragoli (Photo courtesy of Marion County Fire Rescue)

Marion County Fire Rescue stated on its Facebook webpage, “These promotions will reinforce the clearly defined career plan for our single-certified employees. Please congratulate them on this major accomplishment in their careers.”

According to MCFR, a more formal promotion ceremony will be held during the week of May 23 to May 27.