A pair of new firefighters were sworn in by West Bend City Clerk Amy Reuteman this week.
Alexander Hakes took the oath to protect and serve. Hakes is a graduate of Menomonee Falls High School, a graduate of UW-Oshkosh, completed paramedic and firefighter certificates at Waukesha County Technical College and had worked part time at the Menomonee Falls Fire Department.
James Kammueller started with the West Bend Fire Department on Dec. 14. He grew up in Wisconsin Rapids, graduated Northland Lutheran High School in Mosinee, earned a fire degree from Fox Vally and completed paramedic training at North East college. He was with the Delavan Fire Department before coming to West Bend.
A couple promotions were also announced by Chief Gerald Kudek as firefighter Kyle Demler was promoted to Motor Pump Operator, firefighter Robert Schafer was promoted to Lieutenant and Motor Pump Operator Dan McCreary was promoted to Lieutenant.
Also recognized were Lt. Dan Bruesch who served over 33 years with the department, Lt. Jeff Peterman served over 29 years and Capt. Jon Coutts served over 29 years. Bruesch, Peterman, and Coutts were all praised for their bravery, dedication and service to community.
Photos courtesy West Bend Community Television.