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BSFR PROMOTES SEVENTEEN

By MICHAEL KANE, Correspondent | January 14, 2021 | FLORIDA

Story No. 011421103

On January 12th and 13th 2021, The Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services promoted seventeen personnel to various ranks as the agency continues to grow in size while remaining to combat attrition of retiring employees. Fire Chief Gregory Holness awarded each individual their new brass ensemble and provided each with a personalized inspirational speech.

Of the seventeen, three noteworthy promotions included Driver Engineers Garth Bonner and Driver Engineer Gabriel Castillo, each promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Both employees were part of a recent merger with the City of Hallandale Beach which was completed on January 4th, 2020. They are the first former Hallandale Beach employees to be promoted since the completion of the merger.

The third noteworthy promotion is that of Driver Engineer Michael Korte promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Michael has served BSFR is many capacities. At 14 years of age, Michael was a member of the very first BSFR Explorer class in 2000. Then as a professional firefighter, Michael became a fire inspector before being promoted to Driver Engineer in 2000. Michael’s inspiration came from his father, Battalion Chief Richard Korte who was an active duty member of the agency until his passing in 1999.

Promoted personnel:

Captain Bruce Young promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief

Lieutenant Jose Perez promoted to the rank of Captain

Driver Engineer Gabriel Castillo promoted to the rank of Lieutenant

Driver Engineer John Muilman promoted to the rank of Lieutenant

Firefighter Carlos Berreras promoted to the rank of Lieutenant

Firefighter Robert Johnson III promoted to the rank of Lieutenant

Driver Engineer Raymond Aguillera promoted to the rank of Lieutenant

Driver Engineer Ryan O’ Malley promoted to the rank of Lieutenant

Driver Engineer Michael Korte promoted to the rank of Lieutenant

Driver Engineer Daniel Snyder promoted to the rank of Lieutenant

Driver Engineer Carlos De La O promoted to the rank of Lieutenant

Driver Engineer Garth Bonner promoted to the rank of Lieutenant

Firefighter Randy Chidester promoted to the rank of Lieutenant

Firefighter Kelli Owens promoted to the rank of Driver Engineer

Firefighter Jonathan Adams promoted to the rank of Driver Engineer

Firefighter Justin Hunter promoted to the rank of Driver Engineer

Firefighter Danny Joseph promoted to the rank of Driver Engineer

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.