October 4, 2023

Alumni in the News | September 2016

Paulding County Fire & Rescue Honors Its Own
Brandon Maple, firefighter with Paulding County, Georgia Fire & Rescue since 2006, earned the 2016 Outstanding Firefighter of the Year Award. Through extensive training in Advanced EMT, structural collapse, rope rescue, and trench/confined space rescue, Maple also became a member of the elite Georgia Search and Rescue Task Force 6 (GSAR-6). Maple has served as a U.S. Marine, completing three tours of duty. He recently earned his associate’s degree in fire science administration from Columbia Southern University.

Columbia Southern University Alumnus Joins West Liberty Campus
Daniel Eastham joined West Liberty University (West Virginia) as one of the new campus police officers for the fall semester. He is looking forward to his new role and keeping the community safe. Eastham earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia Southern University.

New Director of Rockbridge Co. Fire and EMS
Nathan Ramsey has been promoted to director of fire and EMS with Rockbridge County (Virginia). Ramsey previously served as battalion chief in Augusta County. He was selected from a group of 40 potential candidates. With a vast amount of experience in the field and in leadership, as well as a passion for helping others, Ramsey has been described as a natural choice for his new role as director. He earned his associates degree in fire science administration from CSU.

Polk State Honors New Instructor of the Year
James Maxwell is selected as Instructor of the Year at Polk State College (Lakeland, Florida) for the emergency services management program. Along with teaching EMS, he is currently captain paramedic for Plant City Fire Rescue. Maxwell has served in EMS for over 12 years. He earned his M.S. in emergency services management from Columbia Southern University.

Volunteerism Garners Award for Sgt. 1st Class Langes
Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Langes was recently honored as Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Volunteer of the Month for August (Washington). Langes participates in a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. She serves on the board for the Lancer Soldier and Family Fund, which raises money for fallen soldiers and their families. Fundraising projects include the Harley-Davidson Ride fundraiser and a 5K family run to take place on September 10.  She is also co-advisor of the squadron’s family readiness group. Langes earned her B.S. in occupational safety and health through CSU and plans to pursue a master’s degree in public health administration.

New Fire Chief at Moses Lake Fire Department
Interim Fire Chief Brett Bastian will transition into the fire chief role for the Moses Lake Fire Department (Washington). Bastian has more than 30 years of experience in the fire industry, beginning with his enlistment in the U.S. Marines. Bastian has also served as fire marshal and assistant fire chief in the Moses Lake Fire Department. He has been with MLFD since 1992. He earned his B.S. in fire science administration from CSU.