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Park City Fire District promotes from within

Seven firefighters with the Park City Fire District were honored by their coworkers, families and friends at a recent ceremony recognizing their promotions over the last year as they continue to rise through the ranks.

The fire district celebrated the promotions of: Captains Dehn StJohn, Eric Hintze and Scott Greenwood; paramedic Laura Olson; engineers Henry Evans and Jonathon Jahp; and Battalion Chief Darren Nelson.

Chief Paul Hewitt said promotions are often made as the result of a retirement, but are mainly based on the needs of the district. Battalion Chief Ray Huntzinger retired from the district earlier this year.

Huntzinger was one of three battalion chiefs responsible for managing the 25-member crew on any given shift. He had been with the department for more than 20 years. Nelson was chosen to replace him.

"He was an exceptional guy," Hewitt said. "We are going to miss him. But, to use a football analogy, we have a deep bench. We are fortunate to be an organization like that."

Hewitt said all of the engineers are required to go through a testing process before being promoted, while he and the Deputy Fire Chief Bob Zanetti selected Nelson as battalion chief. He said the seven were highly deserving of their new ranks.

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"They are just all the cream of the crop and the best of the best," he said. "It's hard enough to get a job as firefighter and to get promoted through these ranks is even more difficult. They are the best that Park City has to offer and they are very confident in what they do."