ABILENE, Texas - Fire department officials held a reception Thursday honoring 10 firemen who were promoted and one who is retiring.
The room was filled as firefighters were recognized by Chief Ken Dozier and then applauded for their service.
During a special ceremony Mark Bland, Jon-Michael Brown, Ernie Locke, Justin Tiemann and Jeff Triano were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Eddy Harris and Marty Sanders were promoted to Captain.
Russell Pope was promoted to battalion chief.
Larry Bell and Weldon Wilkerson were promoted to deputy chief.
After spending 33 years on the Abilene Fire Department, James O. Frazier retired from the department.