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 At 4 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2007, the Roseville Fire Department will be holding a special badge pinning ceremony for five of its members who were recently promoted.  The ceremony will be held in the City Council Chambers located at 311 Vernon Street.

‘As Fire Chief I take great pride in our employees and the efforts they commit to developing their careers’, stated Roseville Fire Chief Ken Wagner.  ‘We have an outstanding group of men and women in the Roseville Fire Department.  These individuals certainly illustrate that point.  Their promotions come as a direct result of their professionalism, continued hard work and dedication to the Roseville Fire Department’, Chief Wagner continued.

Kathy Finney was promoted to Battalion Chief to replace retired Battalion Chief Mark Beck.  Kathy will complete 20 years with the Roseville Fire Department this April. She began working as a Firefighter EMT II in 1987 under Chief Carl Green. She promoted to Engineer in 1991 and Fire Captain in 1993. She maintains licensure as a paramedic and is certified as a Hazardous Materials Specialist and Fire Officer. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health & Safety Studies from California State University Sacramento, and will complete her Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Safety Leadership this month. Also of special note, Kathy is the first female chief officer in the Roseville Fire Department.  Kathy credits the strong family support she receives from her husband Kevin, and two children Keenan, age 10, and Konner, age 8, with providing the foundation for her life; her parents Bob & Bonnie for their lifelong support; and Chief Mark Beck for mentoring her career growth.

Dave Hall was promoted from Fire Engineer to Fire Captain on January 6, 2007.  Dave is a 20 year veteran in the fire service.  He is among a long list of family members that have also made the fire service a career.  Dave’s grandfather, Carl Green, was a former Roseville Fire Chief from 1969-1987.  His father retired from the Rancho Cordova Fire District in 1977 as a Fire Captain and his uncle retired as a Fire Captain from the Sacramento Fire Department.  Dave’s brother, Ron Hall, is currently a Fire Captain for the Folsom Fire Department.   His career started as a volunteer firefighter for the El Dorado Hills Fire District.  He worked for two years as a resident firefighter for the Folsom Fire Department.  Dave began his tenure with the Roseville Fire Department as a firefighter aid.  He has spent the last 16 plus years with Roseville ย– seven years as a firefighter and over nine years as a fire engineer.  He holds an Associate’s degree in Fire Technology from American River College.  Dave is also a Certified Fire Investigator and performs fire investigation duties in addition to his normal assignment.  Dave is married and has five children.

Ryan Harrigan was promoted from Firefighter/Paramedic to Fire Engineer on January 6, 2007.  He is a Sacramento area native.  After graduating from Folsom High School Ryan, attended NCTI for his paramedic education.  Ryan has been a paramedic since 2001 and worked for Bi-County Ambulance one year.  Ryan also worked for the City of Folsom FD for four years before hiring on with the Roseville Fire Department in November of 2005.  He expects to complete his Associate of Science degree in Fire Technology in the spring of 2007. 

Richard Lawshe was promoted from Firefighter/Paramedic to Fire Engineer on January 6, 2007.  He has been in the fire service for 15 years and a paramedic for 17 years. His fifteen months with Roseville Fire has been relatively short but very rewarding. Richard’s education includes an Associate of Arts degree with multiple certifications in fire department related courses.  He is also an ACLS Instructor and PALS Instructor.  Richard has been married for 23 years and has two sons ages 14 and 10.

Josh Marone was promoted from Firefighter/Paramedic to Fire Engineer on January 6, 2007. After working as a Firefighter for UC Davis and the City of Santa Rosa, Josh Marone joined the City of Roseville in March of 2005. Josh holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UCD in Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry. Over the last two years he has worked hard to become a valuable part of the Roseville Fire team. He has spent numerous hours attending classes to achieve advanced certifications in hazmat, rescue, and paramedicine. His hard work in class and around the station was recognized by his peers in 2006 when he was named Firefighter of the Year.