Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services Promotes Eleven

September 6, 2019

Eleven Cherokee County firefighters were promoted on last night, September 5th, during ceremonies held at the Cherokee County Fire Training Complex, located just south of Holly Springs.

After a brief welcome from Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, eleven firefighters were asked to come forward to receive their promotion warrant. Jeremy Simmons, Alisha Payne and Geordan Ganka were all promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Five firefighters were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and they were Sgt. Cheri Collett, Sgt. David Burnaugh, Sgt. Paul Faulkner, Sgt. Benjamin Pearson and Sgt. Waylon White.  Promoted to the rank of Captain were Lt. Danny Carter and Lt. Brandon Carr.  Jamie McCord was also promoted last night to the rank of Battalion Chief

Numerous firefighters, chiefs and family members attended the event. Refreshments were held afterwards in honor of those receiving promotions.  Congratulations to all of the firefighters for their recent promotion.

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Attending the promotion ceremony were (front row - left to right) Sgt Geordan Ganka, Sgt. Alisha Payne, Sgt. Jeremy Simmons, Lt. Benjamin Pearson and Lt. Waylon White (second row - left to right) Captain Brandon Carr and Lt. Cheri Collett (back row - left to right) Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, Battalion Chief, Jamie McCord, Capt. Danny Carder, Lt. Paul Faulkner, Lt. David Burnaugh, Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson and Field Operations Chief, Shane West.
Attending the promotion ceremony were (front row - left to right) Sgt Geordan Ganka, Sgt. Alisha Payne, Sgt. Jeremy Simmons, Lt. Benjamin Pearson and Lt. Waylon White (second row - left to right) Captain Brandon Carr and Lt. Cheri Collett (back row - left to right) Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, Battalion Chief, Jamie McCord, Capt. Danny Carder, Lt. Paul Faulkner, Lt. David Burnaugh, Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson and Field Operations Chief, Shane West. (click image for slideshow)
Jamie McCord receives his Battalion Chief Badge from Fire Chief, Tim Prather.
Jamie McCord receives his Battalion Chief Badge from Fire Chief, Tim Prather.
Brandon Carr stands with his family as he is promoted to the rank of Captain.
Brandon Carr stands with his family as he is promoted to the rank of Captain.
Family members look on as Danny Carder is promoted to Captain.
Family members look on as Danny Carder is promoted to Captain.
Battalion Chief, Ricky Collett, pins his wife, Cheri, as she is promoted to Lieutenant.
Battalion Chief, Ricky Collett, pins his wife, Cheri, as she is promoted to Lieutenant.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, promotes David Burnaugh to Lieutenant.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, promotes David Burnaugh to Lieutenant.
Paul Faulkner is promoted to Lieutenant as family members look on.
Paul Faulkner is promoted to Lieutenant as family members look on.
The family of Benjy Pearson watch as Benjy is promoted to Lieutenant.
The family of Benjy Pearson watch as Benjy is promoted to Lieutenant.
Waylon White is promoted to Lieutenant during the promotion ceremony.
Waylon White is promoted to Lieutenant during the promotion ceremony.
Family members watch as Jeremy Simmons is promoted to Sergeant.
Family members watch as Jeremy Simmons is promoted to Sergeant.
Family members share in the moment as Alisha Payne is promoted to Sergeant.
Family members share in the moment as Alisha Payne is promoted to Sergeant.
Family members watch as Geordan Ganka is promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Family members watch as Geordan Ganka is promoted to the rank of Sergeant.