April 13, 2024
CSU Knights in the News

Knights in the News | October 2022

John Hodgens
John Hodgens is now the 38th Fire Department of New York chief of department. He will oversee the department’s 16,000 uniformed firefighters, EMS personnel and four bureaus. He has been a member of the department for 36 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in fire science from CSU.

Lauren Meister
Mayor of West Hollywood, Lauren Meister was recently featured in WHEO Times as she hosted a fundraising meet and greet event for her re-election campaign. “Running for city council is never easy, even when you’re running for re-election. I never take anything for granted,” she said. In June of 2022, she earned her master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in emergency services management at CSU.

Justin Pinkelton
25-year Metropolitan Nashville Police Department veteran, Justin Pinkelton was promoted to supervisor on the North Precinct’s evening shift. He received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from CSU.

Brian Marcos
Brian Marcos was recently sworn in as the Smyrna fire chief. He has been with the department since 2006. “I appreciate the men and women that serve every day and are actually on the front lines,” Marcos said. “I feel your support every day and I swear to give you my best, because I know you will.” In 2020, Marcos was named Chief Fire Officer of the Year by the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs. He was also recognized by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as one of the 50 Most Influential Hispanics in Georgia. He earned his associate degree and bachelor’s degree in fire science at CSU and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in public administration at CSU.

Domenic Lauria
The Farmington Hills Police Department has promoted Domenic Lauria to lieutenant. Lauria has been working with the department for 22 years. He has earned numerous awards such as American Legion Police Officer of the Year and twice being honored with the Award for Valor. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from CSU.

Martin Serna
The San Bernardino County Fire Department has announced Chief Martin Serna’s succession to the East Valley Division. I am humbled to be a part of such a diverse and dynamic fire department. I look forward to utilizing my skills and experience in strengthening our partnership with the communities we serve and building on the successes of my predecessor,” said Chief Serna. He is a 2013 CSU graduate.

John Muhr
John Muhr has announced his retirement as fire chief for Cathedral City. He started his firefighting career in 1988. He received his bachelor’s degree in fire science from CSU in 2009, and also served an adjunct professor for CSU teaching fire safety.

Casey Carpenter
Casey Carpenter has been named fire chief of the Cherokee Fire Department. He began his fire career at just 18 years old and became a full-time firefighter in 2017. He earned his bachelor’s degree in fire science in 2014 at CSU.


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