Madison Fire Captain Receives Employee of the Year Award
Fire Capt. Chad Menard of the Madison Fire and Rescue Department was awarded Employee of the Year by the Rotary Club. He is the first firefighter in Madison, as well as in the entire state of Arkansas, to receive professional fire officer credentials from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. Menard earned his associate degree from Columbia Southern University and is currently working toward his Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration.
CSU Student Named Senior Sailor of the Quarter 2016
Petty Officer 1st Class Alson Alfred has been nominated as the Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana Senior Sailor of the Quarter for the Second Quarter in 2016. Alfred displays consistent leadership in achieving 100 percent physical readiness with his 68 sailors, providing instruction to sailors for the Navy’s Drug and Alcohol policy and is responsible for training 45 Navy personnel on the safe and efficient response to all aircraft and mutual aid emergencies. During his personal time, Alfred volunteers at the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Alfred is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration at Columbia Southern University.
Fire Leader Inducted Into the Indian River High School 2016 Hall of Fame
Chief Graig Temple, an Indian River High School (IRHS) graduate, began his career as a fourth generation volunteer firefighter. Temple has led many fire departments throughout his career and attributes his leadership skills to the passion he feels in stepping up and helping his community. During his induction speech at IRHS, he shared with the newest graduates that community work is “everyone’s job.” Temple earned his master’s in emergency services management from Columbia Southern University.
Confirmation Hearing Scheduled for Pensacola Fire Chief Nominee
Interim fire Chief David Allen has been nominated to serve as Pensacola Fire Chief by Mayor Hayward. Allen is a 25-year veteran and most recently served as fire marshal. He has served in a variety of capacities throughout his career, namely as the point person on emergency management, the BP oil spill and the department’s public information officer. Allen holds a nursing degree and also earned his Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration from Columbia Southern University.
Jason Stachey has served as the interim police chief for Hot Springs, Arkansas, since December, and will now be serving on a more permanent basis. A 19-year police veteran, Stachey was one of the four finalists that made it to the interview process. Reducing criminal and drug activity and improving the department’s performance and professionalism are at the top of Stachey’s agenda. He earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University.
Bryon Woodward, a 20-year veteran of the Mishawaka Fire Department, has been promoted to fire chief. Woodward has served as Battalion Chief since 2013 and is certified as an emergency medical technician. He is a state fire instructor and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administrationfrom Columbia Southern University. Woodward received the Mishawaka Firefighter of the Year award in 20