MOUNT VERNON — The officer corps of the Mount Vernon Fire Department is back to full strength with the promotion of Lt. Mike Triesh to captain and firefighter Joe Spurgeon to lieutenant. The officers were sworn in at the new ranks in a brief ceremony at City Hall Tuesday morning.
Fire Chief Chad Christopher said the new officers are “knowledgeable in both fire fighting and EMS and I’m looking forward to working with them in their new positions. They will be great leaders to help the fire department move in the right direction.”
Triesh, a 13-year veteran of the department, said he is “looking forward to the opportunity” the new job represents.
Spurgeon, who has been with the department 17 years, said he is “honored to serve the city and I’m looking forward to working with a great group of guys.”
About 30 people attended the ceremony including family members and many from the fire department.
Terri Spurgeon said she was proud of her husband and described him as “dedicated to the community and department. He is proud to serve.”
Shannon Triesh said she is “very proud” of her husband. “He has followed his dream.”
Mayor Richard Mavis said the city has tried to build a department with well-trained, experienced officers.
“They have demonstrated a willingness to get better at what they do and have been aggressive at getting into leadership roles,” he said.
The mayor also commented, with a smile, that the latest promotions make him feel old as “both came into the department after I became mayor 19 years ago and have moved up through the ranks.”
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