|Captain Rick Daugherty with his wife Teresa and Fire Chief Mark Bailey|
By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor
Two members of the Fort Thomas Fire Department have been promoted to new positions within the department. City council and Mayor Eric Haas congratulated and thanked them at a badge pinning during the December council meeting.
"It’s a great pleasure to stand before you tonight and be able to make two promotions within our department," said Fire Chief Mark Bailey. "These gentlemen have worked hard, as does all of our department members, but I’m pleased to stand here tonight to promote two individuals to positions of captain and lieutenant."
New leadership for shift two
Captain Rick Daugherty is a twenty-year veteran of the department. He will step into some of the duties of recently retired Captain Chris Amon, said Bailey.
"Rick started with our department in October 1999, so just past 20 years. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2016 and took care of our grant writing procedure," said Bailey.
He noted the department’s success with grants, and Daugherty’s contributions to that effort, as well as to his record of service performing inspections, a task assigned to all department lieutenants.
"Tonight we are promoting Rick to captain,” said Bailey. “He will oversee shift two. He will be helmet number 654 as well as radio number. And, he’s going to take over our vehicle maintenance program. With the retirement of Captain Amon, we needed someone to head that up, and Rick has graciously accepted to do that and be primarily responsible for our vehicle maintenance program."
Bailey then invited Daugherty’s wife, Teresa, to pin on the new badge. Daugherty introduced some of his children who were also on hand for the event, including three daughters. He noted that his oldest daughter has just graduated from Northern Kentucky University and his son, who could not be there, is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
"I want to thank everyone on council and the mayor. Thank you, Ron [Dill] for entrusting me to serve the city. I’ll do a good job," he said.
Continuity in duties and history
|Lieutenant Kyle Kaufman receives his badge from his wife, Nicole, as Fire Chief Mark Bailey looks on|
Chief Bailey introduced Kyle Kaufman, who will now serve as a lieutenant. "Kyle was hired by our department in August of 2011, so the last eight years he’s been with us as a firefighter/paramedic. He’s done a great job with that particular position," said Bailey.
Lieutenant Kaufman will go to shift one as a lieutenant and will take over the inspection process on that shift. He will also take over grant writing procedures from Daugherty, and that process of sharing history has already begun, said Bailey.
"Kyle will be badge number 657...We welcome him. He’s done a good job, and I know he’ll do a good job as lieutenant," the chief said.
Kaufman’s wife and children were on hand for the event as well. His wife, Nicole, did the badge pinning honors.
All present joined in to congratulate Captain Daugherty and Lieutenant Kaufman, and to thank them for their service to our community.