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New firefighter joins force

Published 12:41pm Thursday, March 7, 2013

Firefighting is back to full strength in Dadeville with the hiring of a new firefighter.

In a special called meeting Monday, the council looked over applications for a firefighter position that became available after firefighter Roy Mathis retired.

Councilman Mickey Tarpley recommended Jeanna Brewer.

“She has excellent credentials and a long career as a firefighter,” said Mickey Tarpley in a letter to the council, which he sent in light of his absence from the meeting.

Brewer has previously served as a firefighter in Alexander City and Lafayette. One characteristic Fire Chief Kenneth Thompson highlighted was her certification to do inspections.

“We had one person who tried to open a daycare,” Thompson said. “They got their license from the Department of Human Resources to do business, but they had to be inspected by the fire marshal. We didn’t have anybody certified, so I called the state. It took three months for them to get up here and give them clearance.”

The other council members agreed unanimously to hire Brewer.

“We can’t fill Mr. Roy’s shoes,” said councilman Randy Foster. “All we can do is try to come close.”

Thompson said Brewer will start Monday.

“I think it’s a good choice,” Thompson said. “I think she’ll be a big asset.”

The next regular council meeting will be March 12.