A special pinning ceremony was held at the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District Wednesday evening for three individuals who earned a promotion.
Fire Chief David Bradley said Wednesday's ceremony was the first actual pinning ceremony they have held for the district. He said he hopes they can continue to hold the ceremony for years to come.
The three individuals who were pinned were tested before they received the promotion.
David Tyrrell was promoted as the new captain of the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District Wednesday during a special pinning ceremony. His wife Mariann participated in the ceremony by pinning his collar.
"It's a learning experience, part of being in fire service," he said of the test that everyone worked hard on in order to achieve a great score.
The first individual to be recognized was David Tyrrell, who was named as the new captain.
Tyrrell, a Pineland resident, has worked for the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District for 15 years and the Cape Coral Fire Department for 16 years prior.
The career initially drew him in because of the close relationship with the other firefighters and other teams, as well as the lifelong friendships that are formed.
"You experience events that the common man couldn't experience," Tyrrell said about the job.
As the new captain, he will be in charge of the staff, as well as the scene when they go out on calls.
Tyrrell said he is thankful the commissioners and Bradley trust him enough to put him in the position.
"It's the capstone of my career," he said of being promoted to captain. "It's the pinnacle of my career here on Pine Island."
Tyrrell wanted to thank his wife Mariann and daughter Jessica for their support and understanding during his testing.
After Tyrrell received three pins, two of which his wife attached to his shirt collar, and one that Bradley attached to the front of his shirt, a round of applause filled the room.
The second promotion was for a new engineer.
Bradley said the engineer is responsible for driving and pumping the apparatus, as well as the day-to-day operation with the captain. He said the engineer also oversees a fire scene with the captain on call.
Fort Myers resident Shane Oake, who has worked for the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District for nine years in September, was promoted to engineer April 24.
"I feel great," he said after the pinning ceremony. "I'm ready to step into the position and do the job I was promoted for."
Oake said he was drawn to a career in fire service because he enjoys helping other people, as well as the camaraderie of those he works with.
He said he could never have accomplished the promotion without the help of his support group and his wife Crissy.
The promotion concluded with Oake receiving three pins, two of which his wife attached to his shirt collar, and one that Bradley attached to the front of his shirt. Another round of applause filled the room.
The last promotion was given to a new firefighter, who was a volunteer with the district.
"You have to have firefighters committed to the district," Bradley said.
Lucas Cesario was a volunteer for the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District for 3 1/2 years.
Before he pursued a career in fire service, Cesario worked in construction for five years.
"I like helping people," he said of one of the reasons he made a career change.
The excitement factor, as well as working with people and thinking fast on his feet are also reasons why he enjoys being in the fire service.
Although he was promoted to a firefighter Wednesday evening, Cesario said there were times when he was ready to give up.
"I almost gave up applying for the department," he said, but for four years he kept on going.
The support system is what kept him going, which included his wife Melanie and Scott Coon.
"People supported me throughout," he said. "I want to thank everyone who helped me along the way."
The ceremony was special for Cesario because his five-month old son, Franco Luigi, was in attendance.
He, to,o received three pins, two of which his wife attached to his shirt collar, and one that Bradley attached to the front of his shirt. Another round of applause filled the room as the ceremony concluded.