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Cedar Hammock Fire Recognizes Top Honors

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Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue recognizes individuals that excel in their roles. They consistently provide excellent internal and external customer service, setting the example for others to follow.


Firefighter Marco Nepomuceno is the 2023 Exemplary Duty Award recipient. Marco consistently trains hard, excels at his position, and sets the bar of excellence for others to follow. In just over three years he has amassed an impressive fifty-two classes with a focus on ladder/truck company operations, engine company operations, search and rescue operations, Mayday and RIC operations, firefighter survival and technical rescue classes. His drive, passion, and discipline are driving him to be better every day, leading by example.


Captain Bradley Jones is the 2023 Fire Officer of the Year Award recipient. He continues to work at the highest of levels and continues to increase his level of education at every opportunity.  In addition to advancing his educational qualifications, he is also delivering the utmost level of educational guidance to fire school candidates in our community.  He brings an enthusiastic brotherhood type atmosphere to the shift. His forward-thinking mindset and willingness to explore new ideas have contributed to the success of various improvements and changes within the organization.  His actions and behaviors consistently align with our organization’s values, reflecting a deep commitment to integrity, respect, and excellence. HIs dedication to upholding these values has had a positive impact on our workplace culture and the well-being of our employees.  


Firefighter Paul Reda is the 2023 Firefighter of the Year Award recipient. FF Reda personifies excellence in firefighting and has earned the mutual respect and admiration of both peers and supervisors. FF Reda has been a leader in the District and the community.  FF Reda has been a valuable asset to the District for over two decades. In 2019, they were elected as the DVP for IAFF Local 2546. He led the District through contract negotiations in 2023 with the primary focus on moving the District forward. He was an original member of the TRT team at its inception, and he has maintained the BLS certification for the department for more than 8 years. He is continuing his career path with the District by recently promoting to Fire Inspector, and is now working on his Fire Investigator certification.

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KYLE BRADSHAWCorrespondent

Kyle Bradshaw is a 35+ year veteran of public safety, and currently serves as the Fire Chief for Cedar Hammock Fire Control District. Additionally, he speaks at conferences regarding leadership development and organizational change to increase employee engagement, building highly effective teams. Kyle was the Assistant Chief (Ret) with DeKalb County Fire Rescue, DeKalb County, GA, serving as the Chief of Staff. His certifications include police officer, firefighter, EMT, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), Certified Fire Investigator Instructor (CFII), and advanced Computer Voice Stress Analysts (CVSA). Chief Bradshaw was a faculty member at Columbia Southern University. His public safety teaching includes law enforcement instructor, fire instructor, 9-1-1 instructor, EMD instructor, train-the-trainer programs, NIMS, and ICS. Chief Bradshaw earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Homeland Security and Public Safety, a Master of Science Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration, with a concentration in Criminal Justice.