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Statesboro Fire Department announces promotion, awards
Duggar named deputy chief
Duggar
Effective Sunday, April 22, Bobby Duggar, formerly assistant chief, will be the department’s deputy fire chief, said Lt. Derek Stoddard, Statesboro Fire public information officer. - photo by Special

Statesboro firefighter Bobby Duggar received a promotion this week, and several other firefighters were recently honored during the department’s annual awards banquet.

Effective Sunday, April 22, Duggar, formerly assistant chief, will be the department’s deputy fire chief, said Lt. Derek Stoddard, Statesboro Fire public information officer.

Duggar previously served over the training division and has acted as the interim deputy fire chief since the passing of Ronnie Shaw last December, he said.

“His new role will include assisting the fire chief with planning, directing, and coordinating city-wide fire services- including fire prevention, training, and suppression and support services; as well as preforming the duties of the fire chief in his absence,” he said.

Kelcey King
Firefighter of the Year recipient Kelcey King receives his award from Interim Deputy Chief Bobby Duggar.

Duggar’s promotion follows the firefighter’s annual awards dinner, held Saturday, April 14, to “celebrate another successful year of service to the City of Statesboro and Bulloch County, as well as to honor those within and outside the department who have gone above and beyond in the line of service,” Stoddard said.

“Statesboro Fire members honored at this year’s banquet included those who have reached years of service milestones, the recipients of medals of achievements, the Ralph Deal Training Award, the Firefighter of the Year, the Fire Officer of the Year, and the first ever Ronnie Shaw Excellence in Leadership Award, named after the late SFD Deputy Chief Ronnie Shaw,” he said.

Chris Applebee
Fire Officer of the Year recipient Lt. Chris Applebee receives his award from Interim Deputy Chief Bobby Duggar. - photo by Special

A non-member of the department was also honored for his support with the American Red Cross, the Statesboro Fire Department, and the Citizens Acting in Fire Emergencies (C.A.F.E.) Unit.

“It truly is an honor for me as the fire chief to stand up on the stage and to be able to recognize these hard-working individuals for their exceptional service to both the Statesboro Fire Department and the citizens of Statesboro and Bulloch County throughout the course of this last year, which has been an especially trying on,” Grams said. “They say being recognized by your own peers is one of the highest forms of recognition, especially in the fire service, and these individuals tonight are undoubtedly deserving of that recognition.”  

Bill Taylor
Volunteer of the Year Bill Taylor, right, is presented his award by Interim Assistant Chief Jason Baker. - photo by Special

Awards were as follows:

  •  Ronnie Shaw Excellence In Leadership Award-  Chief Tim Grams
  •  Firefighter of the Year -  Fire Apparatus Operator Kelcey King
  • Fire Officer of the Year – Lt. Chris Applebee
  • Volunteer of the Year - Bill Taylor
  • Ralph Deal Training Award – Capt. Chris Whitehead
  • Years of Service -Chief Tim Grams (20); Capt. Parker Johnson (5); FAO Jon Patterson (5); FAO Ben Adams (5)

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