Second to None
This month I’d like to introduce you to our “company officers” - the firefighters who hold the rank of captain that most people never hear about who, in my opinion, have the toughest job in our department. These are the men who feel a personal and professional responsibility to make certain that our fire department is second to none, and they are the officers that the firefighters count on to make the right decisions every time, in every situation to make sure that everyone goes home at the end of their shift.
First to arrive at an emergency scene, company officers must perform a “scene size-up," gather information, direct the actions of the firefighters, and make critical, sometimes even life-or-death decisions, all in a matter of seconds... and they often do this several times each day.
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Sounds like a pretty tough job, doesn’t it? Well, it is. And here are the guys who make it happen, every day of the year.
In addition to being an exceptional firefighter, Ronald is also one of our best public fire safety instructors. Combining his firefighting knowledge with the reputation of being one of the best disc jockey’s around, “DJ Avery” never fails to capture the attention of any audience.
A veteran of the United States Navy, Troy has also worked several tours as a firefighter in Afghanistan and Iraq. His numerous certifications include fire pump operations, weapons of mass destruction, incident command, investigator, instructor and inspector. As the captain of “B” shift, he especially enjoys preparing new hires for their basic training at the fire academy. Also a licensed plumber, Troy keeps busy on his days off from the fire department operating his own plumbing business, “Buck’s Plumbing."
In addition to his firefighting skills, Zo is also fluent in Spanish and is often called on by law enforcement officers to act as an interpreter. On his days off from the fire department, Zo is busy managing his own lawn care business. Lorenzo and his wife, Ellyn, live in Bay St. Louis with their two children; Lorenzo also has a son who is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps.