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Caroline Fire and Rescue promotes new officers

Catching up since I’ve been back from vacation:

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Information:

David Layman, Fire – EMS Chief

Office: (804) 633-9831 or Email:  dlayman@co.caroline.va.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

“Caroline Fire and Rescue Promotes New Officers”

Caroline, Virginia – Fire-EMS Chief David Layman is pleased to announce the promotion of four Lieutenants and two Captains within the Department.  Lieutenant promotions include:  Paul Ernest, Matthew Pifer, Brian Russell, and Raymond Velasquez, Jr.   Captain promotions include Edward Bonham, V. and Leigh Doucet.

Lieutenant Ernest has been with the Department since 2005.  He is a native of Caroline, serving nine years as a volunteer in our community before joining our career service.  Paul has a diverse background in public safety, including two years of service as a Deputy Sheriff.

Lieutenant Pifer joined the Department in 2005.   He has been an active fire – EMS volunteer in Spotsylvania County since 2002.  He holds an Associates Degree in Business Administration as well as numerous fire and EMS certifications.

Lieutenant Russell joined the Department in 2007, coming to us from Hanover’s volunteer system.  He was recognized in 2009 as the Department’s Career Firefighter of the Year.  Lt Russell will be assigned to oversee logistical operations within the Department.

Lieutenant Raymond Velasquez, Jr. joined the Department in 2009.  He served as a career paramedic in California and volunteer in Stafford County before coming to Caroline.  Ray holds two associate degrees as well as numerous fire and EMS certifications.

Captain Edward Bonham, V., joined the Department in 2003, having served as a volunteer in Chesterfield County for the prior eight years.  He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2008, where he has served as a station officer in Bowling Green.  During his tenure, he has coordinated countless special projects and tasks.  He currently serves as Caroline’s representative on the Central Virginia Urban Area Workgroup.   He is a nationally registered Paramedic and Virginia Department of Fire Programs Adjunct Instructor.  He holds numerous other fire and EMS certifications and instructorships.   Captain Bonham was awarded both the 2009 Career Fire Officer of the Year and Chief’s Award for Excellence certificates.

Captain Leigh Doucet joined the Department in 2006, coming to us from Spotsylvania County Fire & Rescue.  She was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2008, where she has served in both operations and training.  She has been instrumental in our Department reorganization tackling everything from policy development to authoring complex grants.   She is a nationally registered Paramedic and a

Virginia EMT-B instructor.  She holds an Associates Degree in Emergency Medical Technologies from Northern VA Community College.  Captain Doucet was recognized in 2007 as both the Caroline County Career Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year and Caroline County Employee of the Year.

A promotional ceremony was held on December 8, 2010 at the Caroline Community Services Center. Board of Supervisor Chairman David M. “Maxie” Rozell, Jr. delivered the oath of office to the new officers while Chief David Layman presented promotional badges.

“These individuals have already made significant contributions to the Department.  I am very pleased to make these promotions and look forward to their continued support as we progress into the future” said Chief David Layman.

For more information, contact the Department of Fire-Rescue & Emergency Management at (804) 633-9831.

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