TROY — Aaron Simmons was promoted to serve as the Troy Fire Department’s paramedic lieutenant in a pinning ceremony on Wednesday.
Last June, Troy City Council approved legislation to re-establish the paramedic lieutenant position for the Troy Fire Department.
Lt. Simmons will be in charge of staff training, shift scheduling, facility, fleet and equipment management and staff recruitment and development. He also is the lead pastor at the Upper Room Worship Center.
“I’m just excited, honored, and blessed to continue to serve the Troy Fire Department and the citizens of Troy in this great capacity and role. I’m looking forward to the transition and what it brings. I’m excited to progress and move forward,” said Lt. Simmons, after his wife, Nicole, pinned his promotional bars on his uniform.
Lt. Simmons is a graduate of Tippecanoe High School and a Bluffton University graduate. He was hired by the city of Troy in May 2002 as a paramedic/fire fighter. Lt. Simmons also served as a safety inspector with the department.
“The rigors of being on the fire department and being a firefighter/paramedic (includes) a lot of training. It’s not just the initial training, but a lot of ongoing training to keep those certifications up. We appreciate the city to give us that ability to better manage that process and keep our fire fighters at the top level,” said Chief Matt Simmons, Aaron’s brother.
Assistant Chief Gary Stanley, Aaron Simmons’ direct supervisor, also congratulated him.
“I’m glad to see you get promoted up. Everyone who took the test was more than well-qualified and I really appreciate all the work you’ve done for us the last four to five years,” Stanley said. “I know with this position, you’ll take it and just run with it. I expect great things out of you.”
Mayor Michael Beamish called the occasion a celebration.
“It’s a celebration for all of us with all the fire department — it’s an exciting day,” said Mayor Beamish. “He has a good breadth of knowledge and education, both as an organization leadership person, but also as a paramedic and as a firefighter.”
The position has been included in the city’s fire department’s union contract for more than 20 years, but the position was vacant.
Lt. Simmons officially took office on Jan. 1.
He resides in Tipp City with his wife, Nicole, and four daughters, Chloe, Olivia, Evelyn and Hadassah.
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