8 Wilkes-Barre firefighters promoted

James Halpin, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Mar. 3—Eight Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department personnel were promoted during a ceremony Tuesday at the King's College Scandlon Gymnasium.

During a socially distanced ceremony attended by the firefighters' families, Fire Chief Jay Delaney said city leaders were proud of the men's leadership and dedication to the City of Wilkes-Barre.

"You are at the front lines as tragedy strikes. People are running out of the fire; you are running in at great risk of your life being in jeopardy," Delaney said. "Every day, you are in a high-risk environment. You risk a lot to save a lot. You risk a little to save a little."

Two firefighters were promoted to assistant chief: Capt. Michael Bilski and Capt. Christopher Buchanan. In addition, firefighters Jeremy Cook, David Gutowski, John Kirn, Kevin Kovach, Eric Serafin and Travis Temarantz were promoted to captain.

Each firefighter had family members come down to help hold the Bible during the oath of office and to assist in pinning on the new rank.

Wilkes-Barre Mayor George Brown said it was a "great day" for the firefighters to take their oaths of office and accept additional responsibilities.

"I want each of you coming home the same way you left your home," Brown said. "Safety is No. 1. You must lead by example. Show your knowledge and also show your support to your team members. You must build trust. Your team depends upon you. But also, you depend upon your team members."

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