Los Alamos Fire Department Promotes 11 Firefighters

The Los Alamos Fire Department promoted 11 firefighters during a special ceremony Friday in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, left, with newly promoted Battalion Chief Ramon Garcia. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider, left, presents badge for newly promoted Battalion Chief Joseph Candelaria with his wife Helen and their children. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Newly promoted Driver Engineer Adrian Carbajal and his family. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Fire Department hosted a special badge ceremony Friday afternoon for 11 newly promoted firefighters.

LADF Chief Troy Hughes and Deputy Chief Justin Grider led the event, which was attended by family, friends and collegues of the firefighters in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.

Newly promoted firefighters include:

  • Joseph Candelaria, Battalion Chief
  • Ramon Garcia, Battalion Chief
  • Jeffrey Wetteland, Battalion Chief
  • Ray Gandara, Fire Captain
  • Jeff Saiz, Fire Captain
  • Joseph W. Sanchez, Fire Captain
  • Adrian Carabajal, Driver Engineer
  • Michael Cayton, Driver Engineer
  • Daniel Garcia, Driver Engineer
  • Adam Martinez, Driver Engineer
  • Luke Washburn, Driver Engineer

With his new badge in place, Driver Engineer Adrian Carbajal gives his family a group hug. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD Fire Chief Troy Hughes pins a badge on newly promoted Driver Engineer Luke Washburn. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Newly promoted Driver Engineer Daniel Garcia. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Newly promoted Driver Engineer Adam Martinez with his fiancé Rhea and their daughter. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Newly promoted Capt. Joseph Sanchez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Fire Chief Troy Hughes, center, and Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider honor Driver Engineer/Paramedic Daniel Garcia and Firefighter-EMT Shane Grano for their skill and dedication in helping to save a patient who had gone into cardiac arrest. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider presents the newly promoted firefighters with special coins. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Pastor Chuck McCullough recites the benediction at the close of Friday’s promotion ceremony as Fire Chief Troy Hughes bows his head at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The LAFD Color Guard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The newly promoted firefighters follow the Color Guard out of Council Chambers marking the end of Friday’s promotion ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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