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The City of Titusville, Florida / Fire & Emergency Services / News

Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Employee Celebrations
Monday, February 04, 2008



Clashing emotions of gladness and sadness were experienced by community members and employees who attended a series of ceremonies held Friday, February first at the Headquarters of the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department.  "This is a first for me--my first swearing in ceremony, the first time I will preside over promotions of employees of our department and the first time I will represent the department in wishing a retiring employee well", said Fire Chief Chuck Bogle.  "While we are a team of professionals providing services to our community, we also consider ourselves a family and each of these employees are a part of this family.  Today, you will see the life cycle of a firefighter's career--from a firefighter's hiring and swearing in, the progression through the ranks via promotion, and the end of a career with retirement."


 Higginbotham-Johnny-Swearing In-Jan-2008 In a room filled to capacity, Chief Bogle began the ceremonies by reviewing the code of ethics of the fire service before swearing in the department's newest firefighter, Johnny Higginbotham.  The swearing in ceremony ended with Firefighter Higginbotham's pledge, "to recognize that this badge of my office is a symbol of public faith and I accept it as a public trust and pledge to be true to the ethics of the fire service,"  and the pinning of his firefighter's badge by his father.   Higginbotham-Swearing In-Jan-2008

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Chief Bogle then proceeded to promotions for the department's newest lieutenant and driver-operator. 

Bridget Kozielski, employed with the department in December of 2001, was promoted from Driver-Operator to the position of Lieutenant.  Lieutenant Kozielski's qualifications include an AA in General Education, an AS in Emergency Medical Services and State of Florida certifications for Fire Officer I, Paramedic and Pump-Operator.  Her badge of the rank of lieutenant was pinned by her mother.

Brook Smith began his employment in May of 2003, and was promoted from Firefighter to the position of Driver-Operator.  Driver-Operator Smith's qualifications included State of Florida certifications for Pump-Operator and Paramedic.  His badge of the rank of driver-operator was pinned by his father.



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L to R: Lieutenant Jerry Brown and Fire Chief Chuck Bogle.  Presentation of shadow box filled with badges of office and helmet shields representing the lifetime of Lieutenant Brown's career

Jerry Brown began his public safety service as a dispatcher with Brevard County Sheriff's Office and District 1 Fire Control in the early 1980's.  He was hired by Titusville Fire and Emergency Services in February of 1983 as a Firefighter/EMT.  He was promoted to the position of lieutenant in 1987 and five years later was promoted to battalion chief.  After serving as battalion chief for over a decade, Jerry elected to return again to a 24-hour shift as a lieutenant.


 JerryBrown-Retirement2-Jan-2008L to R: Lieutenant Jerry Brown and IAFF Local 2445 Union Vice-President, Lieutenant Mike Chiles.  Presentation of engraved fire axe,  representing Lieutenant Brown's career with Titusville Fire and Emergency Services.


Chief Bogle stated, "Jerry's service and dedication to our department and community is commendable.  We thank you for your efforts in making our department the best that it is and making our community as safe as possible.   Congratulations on your successful completion of 25 years of service.  We wish you and your family the best in your future endeavors."


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