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Titusville Fire Department Celebrate Career Milestones
Monday, September 28, 2009

Friends, families and Titusville Fire and Emergency Services employees gathered Friday morning, September 25, to witness a series of ceremonies held in the Council Chambers of Titusville's City Hall.  In his welcoming speech, Titusville's Fire Chief Chuck Bogle stated, "Today, you will see the life cycle of a firefighter's career--from the swearing in of our newest firefighter, to a promotion to the position of Lieutenant, and ending with the recognition of two employees as they retire from their careers in the fire service." 

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L to R: Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Rivas, Fire Chief Chuck Bogle

 The morning's ceremonies began with the swearing in and pinning of Titusville's newest firefighter, Michael Rivas.  Raising his right hand as he took the oath, he acknowledged the badge his father was to pin to his chest 'as a symbol of the public's faith and trust' and 'pledged to remain true to the ethics of the fire service'. 

 

 

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L to R: Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Rivas, Joseph Rivas

 

 

As Firefighter Rivas seated himself in the audience among his proud family, Driver-Operator Doug Chamberlain stood and faced Fire Chief Bogle.  Flanked by the flags of the United States and of the Fire Service, he listened intently as Fire Chief Bogle provided the audience with his background and credentials and congratulated him on his promotion to the position of Lieutenant. Chief Bogle then handed the promotional badge to Doug's son, Brayden.  It was a tender moment as Lieutenant Chamberlain knelt down in front of his son to receive his new badge of office.  Chamberlain Promotion-2009

 

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L-R: Lieutenant Dave Williams, Fire Chief Bogle, Firefighter Pierce

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L-R: Union President Brian Strong, Vice-President Mike Chiles, Fire Chief Bogle, Firefighter Pierce, Lieutenant Dave Williams

 The audience was then treated to the pictorial and oral  history of the careers of Lieutenant Dave Williams (28 years) and Firefighter Don Pierce (30 years).  Amid the jokes and laughter, there were also moments of solemnity as Chief Bogle recounted memories of events occuring during the fire service lives of Dave and Don.  "Whatever the occasion, whether it was an emergency call, a community service event, or an after-hours get together, you always saw Dave and Don together," recalled Chief Bogle, "and it's fitting that they're retiring on the same day." 

After presenting them with shadow boxes containing their career memorabililia, Chief Bogle introduced IAFF Local 2445's Union President and Vice-President, Driver-Operator/Paramedic Brian Strong and Lieutenant Mike Chiles.  Union President Strong gave special thanks to Don Pierce for his many years of service in the firefighters' union, stepping down as its president a few short months ago.  "Don and Dave, on behalf of the firefighters' union, we'd like to present you both with ceremonial fire axes, commemorating your years of service", said President Strong.





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