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FORT LUPTON — The city has some new brass down at the fire district, and not all of it is for polishing.
Two lieutenants and a new fireman received their badges Thursday night, amid fanfare from family, friends and coworkers. Fort Lupton Fire Protection District Chief Phil Tiffany was on hand to present the certificates and host the event.
“Being a firefighter, I try and think of how I could explain it,” Tiffany, about their chosen career. “It’s not just a job, it’s a profession. It’s in your heart, it’s in your soul, whether you are a career or volunteer fireman. I don’t think you develop it, I think you have it inside you.”
Three men who fit the category received departmental honors, with newly minted Firefighter Justin Booker pinning on his badge, and newly commissioned lieutenants Troy Norby and Staughton McCann accepting their promotions.
Following the oath of appointment, Booker stood while his wife, Shannon, tacked his badge on before addressing his peers.
“It’s been about two and a half years now that I have been a part of this organization,” Booker said. “It’s been eye-opening, it’s been a lot of fun, and it’s been a lot of learning. To all the guys here that I have learned from, thank you very much for everything you taught me, and I look forward to learning from each and every one of you in the years to come.”
Norby received his badge from wife Jennifer Gordon-Norby before taking the podium.
“I’d like to thank Chief Tiffany and the board members, and all the other firefighters who serve this community for all their support over the years. It’d great working with everyone on a job we all love doing. Looking forward to doing what I love, which is serve the community.”
Liz McCann pinned her husband, who said he felt honored to share the floor with Booker and Norby.
“It’s a great opportunity, and I couldn’t be happier than to be up here accepting this position,” McCann said. “I feel like I truly work for one of the greatest organizations in the country and I truly enjoy working with everyone I have the extraordinary opportunity to work with.”
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