The Youngsville Fire Department held their first annual installation ceremony on April 2nd, 2016 at Faith Baptist Church.
A fire department installation ceremony is held traditionally to “install” the department’s officers and new firefighters as well as to recognize outstanding performance of members.
Retired Fire Chief Doug Carter served as the master of ceremonies emphasizing that the event and the accomplishments of the fire department’s members was a big deal, even holding up a sign that said “This is a Big Deal!”.
“These men and women have missed birthdays, missed holidays, lost a few nights’ sleep, and have meals left at the table cold, all to serve their community,” said Carter during his opening remarks.
Retired Captain W. Tramp Dunn of the City of Raleigh Fire Department delivered a motivational speech at the event, driving home the message that there is no difference in whether firefighters are paid or volunteer or what the name says on the truck. “The expectation of the community is that you are a professional.”
Firefighter Justin Lloyd who is battling cystic fibrosis at UNC hospital, was awarded the Lifetime Membership Award for his continued love of the Youngsville Fire Department and community. His parents Tommie and Jenny Lloyd accepted the award on his behalf. Tommie Lloyd expressed Justin’s appreciation for the award in an emotional moment for all in attendance.
Firefighters Robert Wilder, Jay Dennis, Timmy Maness, and Barry Gardner were awarded for becoming qualified driver operators of the department’s fleet of apparatus.
President Bobby Sumner lead the installation ceremony and oath of office. Installed as Fire Chief is Tommie Lloyd; Assistant Chiefs John Sumner, Justin Graney, Brandon McGhee; Captains Garrett Jackson, Steve Averett, David Williams, Andrew Dudash; Lieutenants Edward Eason, John Bates, Louis Dunston, Randy Privette, Clark May, Frank Ayscue, and Jonathan Collins; Safety Officer Jay Dennis; and Firefighters Chris Weier, Aaron Cashwell, Ben Meyer, Ben Learned, and Bruce Carper.