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SVFRA Badge Pinning and Promotion Ceremony

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(Pictured from L to R: Chris Derner, Mason Lewis, and Gabe Stirnus)


The SVFRA has recently completed a long and rigorous process of recruitment that began in late December, 2014. 48 applicants competed for one immediate opening with the potential for more in the near future. 

In February 2015, Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Semenero was sworn in as the newest member of the SVFRA.  Justin was born and raised in the Sonoma Valley, graduating from Sonoma High in 2006. After high school, Justin attended SRJC and Sonoma State graduating in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. He received his Fire/EMS training with the SRJC and NCTI, earning his Paramedic license in 2014. Justin is currently assigned to Medic 303 at Station 3 with B-Shift and has been an exemplary addition to our team. He and his fiancé are planning to wed this May and we could not be more happy for them and their future together as well with the SVFRA.

Recently, during our monthly Board of Directors meeting in January 2016, the SVFRA held a badge pinning ceremony for Firefighter/Paramedics Mason Lewis and Chris Derner, as well as a promotion ceremony for Engineer/Paramedic Gabe Stirnus.

Mason was born and raised in Forestville, CA by his parents, Scott and Theresa. Mason is a product of the West County school system, graduating from El Molino High in 2008. After high school, Mason attended SRJC, graduating in 2013 with an AS degree in Fire Technology.  He has also been a volunteer firefighter with the Forestville Fire Protection District since 2004, where he is still an active member. In 2014, Mason attended NCTI, where he completed his paramedic studies. Away from work Mason spends time in the outdoors, enjoying both hunting and fishing, and occasionally attending pro bass fishing tournaments.  Mason is currently assigned to Medic 303 at Station 3 with A-Shift.  The SVFRA is looking forward to watching Mason advance in his career with the SVFRA.

Chris was raised in Santa Rosa, CA by his parents, Doug and Mary. Chris is a graduate of Cardinal Newman High, class of 2007, where he graduated with honors. After high school, Chris attended MESA College/SRJC and Sonoma State, graduating in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in History and a minor in Political Science. Upon graduating from SSU, Chris joined the Rincon Valley Fire Protection District as a volunteer firefighter, where he is still an active member. In 2014, Chris attended SRJC where he completed his paramedic studies while also concentrating on various fire courses. Away from work, Chris enjoys the outdoors, playing several sports and spending time with his fiancé, Danielle.  The two are set to marry sometime next year.  Chris was also assigned to Medic 303 at Station 3 with C-Shift.  Chris is another great asset to the SVFRA team and we are pleased to have him in our organization.

We also held a promotion ceremony for Gabe Stirnus.  Gabe was originally hired with the SVFRA in 2007 as an Engineer/Paramedic.  He was promoted to Captain on January 1, 2016 and is currently on C-Shift with engine 3381 located at Station 1.  Gabe was raised in Santa Rosa, CA by his parents, Bill and Leslie. He was a graduate of Montgomery High School, Class of 1998.  After high school, Gabe attended SRJC where he earned his AS in Fire Technology and AA in General Education. He then transferred to Sonoma State where he is due to graduate this Spring with a bachelor's degree in Sociology.  Gabe began volunteering with the Bennett Valley Fire District after high school, as well as working for CAL-FIRE from 2001-2005. In 2005, he was picked up full-time with Bennett valley and held the rank of Lieutenant.  He left Bennett Valley in 2007 to seek new career opportunities with the SVFRA.  Away from work, Gabe enjoys the outdoors, playing several sports, and spending time with his wife Veronica and sons Colby and Owen.




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Comment posted by Chuck on 04/29/2016
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Proud of our boys, we will always have people looking after you!