LAWRENCEVILLE - Almost 40 firefighters and Gwinnett County Fire Department employees were officially promoted Wednesday at a ceremony at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center that included family and community members.
Firefighters, some of whom have been with the department for nearly 30 years, accepted promotions, including driver, lieutenant, captain division director and battalion chief.
Fire department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge said promotions were made to fill vacancies in the department created by retirements and to accommodate the growth of the department.
"I think it's been a smooth change, and the department will continue to propel forward," he said.
Chief Danny Adamson, who was promoted from battalion chief to district commander, said he has been with the department for 27 years and plans to stay for at least another three.
"It's the greatest job in the world," he said. "You get to come to work every day and help people."
Adamson said the promotion is worth the hard work.
"It's challenging but also rewarding," he said.
Adamson said his wife has taken on the challenge of running their family business, Adamson's Automotive, and taking care of their three boys.
"They're all very supportive of me," he said.
Chief Casey Snyder was also one of the 39 men and women promoted. A 19-year veteran of the department, husband and father of a 3-year-old, is taking on the duties of Assistant Chief.
"I get to impact the department and hopefully make a difference in the future of the department."
He said he plans to stay with the department for another 11 years.
"It's a thrill to come to work every day," Snyder said. "And now I get to set the framework that will last this department for the next 50 years."
Firefighters were also promoted to driver engineers. G.W. Wright was one of the 17 who came forward to accept a promotional badge.
Wright said he has been working hard for the promotion for the past six and a half years. He will be driving one of the engines for the fire department.
"This is the first part of the promotion process, and it takes a lot of hard work," he said. "But I plan to stay with the department for another 25 years."
His son and wife joined him at the evening ceremony to support his hard work and accomplishments.
"The two most important people in my life were here today to share that moment with me," he said.