NEWBERRY ‒ Two City of Newberry firefighters have received promotions and were recognized at the Oct. 23 Newberry City Commission meeting for their work.

Newberry Fire Chief Michael Vogel was on hand at the meeting to announce the promotions and to offer comments about the firefighters’ duties. “Promoting team members is a fantastic way to show appreciation for their contributions and to encourage continuous growth within the department,” said Vogel.

Vogel described the process by which firefighters are trained and tested to determine the highest ranked person for available positions.

Vogel said that firefighter A.J. (Amby) Cason has been with the City for 19 years and grew up in Newberry. “He is 100 percent responsible for the fire truck,” said Vogel. “He also makes sure members of his crew are safe and get to and from calls in a safe manner.”

Lt. Justin Asbell has been with the City for 22 years, and Vogel said that previously he was a tree surgeon. “This is a highly responsible position with responsibility for his shift and his crew members,” said Vogel. “He must make quick decisions in life-threatening/life-altering situations.”

Both men were promoted on Aug. 28., but received special recognition and plaques honoring their achievements at the Oct. 23 commission meeting. They were applauded by the audience and Commissioners for their contributions to the safety of their crews and the citizens of Newberry.

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