By Will E Sanders
PIQUA — Two firefighters/paramedics who not only have a deep passion for the fire department they serve, but also for the community they care for received promotions this week.
Piqua Fire Chief Mike Rindler promoted Chad Kennedy to the rank of assistant fire chief and Lee Adams to fire captain recently and both men will take over in their new positions in the third week of August.
Kennedy was hired Aug. 30, 1999, as a firefighter/paramedic and was promoted to fire captain in fire prevention Dec. 21, 2009. He has a Master’s degree in fire administration and is also a registered nurse.
In addition, he also serve the department as a fire investigator and fire inspector, and is a member of the department’s dive/rescue team.
Kennedy said his job is very rewarding and he is honored to get the promotion.
“I put in a lot of effort into preparing myself for this,” he said. “This is a job I love. You get to give back to the community that you serve. You get to make a difference, and to me that is the most rewarding aspect of the job. … I look forward to going to work every day.”
Adams was hired Oct. 30, 2006, as a firefighter/paramedic and this is his first departmental promotion.
Adams, a graduate from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree agricultural education, is a fire inspector and fire investigator, and also serves as a hazmat tech and confined space rescue tech.
“Piqua is my hometown and the Piqua Fire Department means a lot to me,” Adams said. “I like giving back to the community. It has been a blessing to be able to make a career out of that.”
Rindler said both men worked very hard in preparing themselves for the promotion.
“It’s very competitive to get these promotions,” the fire chief said. “They have worked really hard and they are both good people. We have good people coming into these positions.”
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