The Salina Fire Department promoted eight members in a ceremony Tuesday morning.
The ceremony, which took place in a convention room at Tony’s Pizza Event Center, lasted about a half hour and honored the eight men rising up the ranks of the department.
Fire Chief Tony Sneidar, City Commissioner Bill Longbine and Deputy City Manager Jacob Wood all spoke at the ceremony. Topics of discussion included the honor of being promoted as well as the sacrifices families make for the good of the department and community. Chief Sneidar also emphasized the importance of having events of this sort to acknowledge the hard work of those in the department.
The promotions are as follows:
Capt. Derrick R. Herzog to Battalion Chief
Capt. Kirk A. Stover to Battalion Chief
Lt. Michael W. Robinson to Captain
Lt. Riley B. Hawbaker to Captain
Engineer Jordan A. Stiles to Lieutenant
Engineer Samuel A. Hoskins to Lieutenant
Firefighter Nicholas T. Oxandale to Engineer
Firefighter Zach M. Taylor to Engineer
Some of the firefighters and their families as they take the oath: