A promotional ceremony for six Hickory Fire personnel was held at the Highland Recreation Center on May 20.
Chris Paulsen has been promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator. Paulsen was hired as a Firefighter with the department on July 1, 2009 and has been a member of Little River Fire Department for the past five years. Previously, he was a Captain with the Felton Fire Department. He and his wife have two children.
Scott Nuzzi has been promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator. On July 1, 2010, Nuzzi was hired as a Firefighter with the Hickory Fire Department. He has nine years previous experience with the department as a Firefighter and as an Engineer. In 1997, he graduated from The Community College of the Air Force with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in the area of Fire Science. Nuzzi and his wife Diana have one daughter.
Jeff Harvey has been promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator. Harvey started working with the department in July 2009. In 2012, he completed training and was certified as a Fire Service Instructor level I & II. He and his wife Candy have four children.
Chris Wise was also promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator. Wise was hired in February 2006 as a Firefighter. He previously worked as a volunteer Firefighter with the Fairbrook Fire Department for three years and has been a member of the St. Stephens Fire Department for 17 years, where he currently serves as Assistant Chief. He and his wife Monica have two children.
Stephen Craig has been promoted to Fire Inspector. Craig has been a Firefighter with the department since July 2009. For the past 13 years, Craig has been a member of the Mountain View Fire Department, where he serves as Deputy Chief. In 2004, he graduated from Warner Southern University.
Derek Winters has been promoted to Fire Maintenance Supervisor. He began his career with the Hickory Fire Department in August 2005 as a Senior Mechanic. He previously worked for ten years as a mechanic in the City of Statesville‚Äôs garage and has over 27 years experience working on a variety of vehicles. He and his wife Julie have three children.