May 14, 2013
Drew Cargile, Firefighter/Paramedic - High Honors!
It’s with great pleasure that I announce Drew Cargile recently graduate UAMS Paramedic school on May 12, 2013 with HIGH HONORS! We’re very proud of Drew for his accomplishments. Firefighter Cargile is an experienced firefighter who’s worked at three different departments. He started his career in the United States Air Force as a Crash Fire Rescueman. He worked his way up to be one of the most respected Fire Captains at Little Rock AFB Fire Department, and is a decorated veteran. It comes as no surprise that Drew continues to perform in an OUTSTANDING manner and has found a perfect fit and a good home with his Jacksonville firefighting family. Having worked with firefighter Cargile in the past, it’s my honor to serve with him again. Please congratulate our newest Paramedic for representing the department and city with the highest of standards. It is professionals like Mr. Cargile who prove once again that Jacksonville Fire Department IS the PRIDE of the City!
May 13, 2013
Pearl Gordon - Master's Degree 3.8 GPA!
Pearl graduated from the University of Arkansas on May 11th, 2013 earning a Master of Science Degree in Operations Management with an OUTSTANDING 3.8 GPA! Please acknowledge the hard work and dedication Pearl demonstrated, as she’s a full time working professional, a mother, and wife; but still found time to work long hours to CONQUER a Graduate degree from one of the most respected Universities in the country. Please stop by to congratulate Pearl for her amazing accomplishment. Pearl is very important to the continuity and stability of our success and we’re very proud of her! She continues to set the example as a true Administrative Professional and further demonstrates why Jacksonville Fire Department IS the PRIDE of the City!
May 3, 2013
Captain Jones - Graduates with Honors!
Captain David Jones has recently graduated Southern Arkansas University Tech with an Associate Degree of Science in Fire Science Management. He graduated Cum Laude (with honors)!
He’s already started his Senior year at the University of Arkansas for his Bachelor’s Degree, and has been recognized as a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society due to his academic achievements. In addition, he has also been selected for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at the University of Arkansas due to his academic prowess. The NSCS is dedicated to developing Scholarship, Leadership, and Service and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Great job!
Few graduates at the 160 + graduating class received more than one honor announcement; however, Captain Jones received three! David is the Fire Department’s Training Officer, Safety Officer, and Public Information Officer. His hard work and dedication to excellence has been recognized by Battalion Chiefs Bob Thornton, Eddie Hill, and Joe Bratton. Please stop by the Fire Department Training office and thank him for representing our city with dignity and excellence. David is an important catalyst for progressive technical training and setting a minimum standard of excellence. Captain Jones has demonstrated why Jacksonville Fire & Rescue is the PRIDE of the City!”
April 30, 2013
Justin Martin - Top of the Class!
Justin Martin is our recent graduate from the Arkansas State Fire Academy. It comes as no surprise that he received the Top Academic Honors for his graduating class!
It was an absolute honor to attend my first ASFA Graduation as the JFD Chief and present the Academy's highest award to a new member of our Fire Department family.
Firefighter Martin will continue training at the Academy for Driver Operator certification starting April 29th. He's already completed and been certified as an EMT.
He will then start his honorable career working under the leadership of Battalion Chief Joe Bratton, Red Shift, Central station.
I'm confident Firefighter Martin will adopt our culture of honor, integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do. It's obvious that Justin already understands what's expected of him and demonstrated why Jacksonville Fire Department is the PRIDE of the City!
Alan S. Laughy
Fire Chief, JFD
April 25, 2013
Firefighter Potts - Top of the Class!
Joseph Potts has recently been recognized as Top Paramedic of his Class due to his hard work, perseverance, and scoring at the Top of his Class! Joseph is currently enrolled in an accelerated Paramedic program through Arkansas State University in Searcy. This program requires that skills and knowledge be learned over a much shorter period of time than the typical Paramedic curriculum.
Firefighter Potts was lauded by Captain Robert Roland for his exceptional performance. His dedication to excellence was further recognized by Battalion Chief Bob Thornton, his Chief Officer on Black Shift. Please congratulate Joseph and thank him for representing our city with dignity and excellence. It’s people like Firefighter Potts who continue to demonstrate why Jacksonville Fire & Rescue is the PRIDE of the City!