Lt. Chris Paige promoted to Deputy Chief
The Solon Township Fire Department held a badge pinning and service awards ceremony at a special meeting of the Solon Township Board on June 29.
“This ceremony was an opportunity to recognize the efforts of the 21 men and women of Solon Fire Department who serve the community with integrity and pride,” explained Chief Jeff Drake. “The Mission of SFD is to protect lives, property and the environment with courage, dedication and excellent service.”
One of the highlights of the ceremony was the promotion of Lt. Chris Paige to Deputy Chief. According to Chief Drake’s recommendation letter, Lt. Paige is a 20-year veteran of the fire service. He is a 10-year member of SFD, serving as Lieutenant for the last 5 years, and full time since January 2015. “Lt. Paige has shown leadership ability in his current position. He will consistently and routinely manage and implement the Incident Management System of an emergency scene efficiently. He is by far the single member who has demonstrated the desire, commitment, and dedication to help execute the success of SFD,” wrote Drake.
Seven new recruits also received their department badges at the ceremony: April Zachow, Matt Schievink, Don Cornell, Taylor Hunt, Zachary Grutter, Jessica Ingerson and Brian Stevens.
These badges were earned by successfully completing the Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council Fire Fighter I & II curriculum at the Plainfield Fire Department Academy from September 2015 to April 2016. The course included 268 hours of instruction and required a twice weekly attendance. “This group represents a dedicated and motivated group of individuals capable and prepared to serve the community in their public safety role with courage, dedication, and integrity,” commented Chief Drake.
Several members were recognized and received service awards for their time served at SFD. Chris Paige 10 years, Doug Gabrielse 19 years, Dan Spangenberg, 10 years, Bryan Russell 10 years, Casey Bennett 5 years, Craig Gunderson 5 years, and Pastor Josh Putnam, 5 years.
These members represent the veteran side of the department. “These members will fulfill the role as mentor and brother to the new recruits with knowledge and wisdom, and instill the FD tradition of service with integrity and pride,” said Chief Drake.
Congratulations to all of you! We appreciate the work you do!