Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Six Firefighters Promoted During Two Separate Ceremonies Wednesday Night

June 19, 2020

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services promoted six firefighter Wednesday night during two separate ceremonies that held at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center located on Highway 5, just south of Holly Springs.

According to Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, the fire department decided to have two separate ceremonies due to the recent outbreak of the Covid 19 virus.  “Governor Kemp signed an Executive order effective June 16, regarding gatherings of more than fifty people which are banned unless there is at least six feet between each person.  Because of this, we had a promotion ceremony at 6PM and 7:30PM to help in keeping attendees separated,” added Prather.

During the 6 PM promotion ceremony, Fire Apparatus Operator (FAO), Justin Sanders was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  Appointed to the rank of Lieutenant was Chris Martin and Brady Cornelison was promoted to the rank of Captain.

The next ceremony, which began at 7:30, saw FAO Cody Caviness promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  Drew Champion and Chance Conley were both promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. 

Refreshments were served after the ceremony as friends, family and coworkers congratulated all of those who were promoted.

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Participating in the first Promotion Ceremony on Wednesday night were (left to right): Tim Prather, Cherokee County Fire Chief, Lt. Chris Martin, Capt. Brady Cornelison, Sgt. Justin Sanders, Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson and Field Operations Chief, Shane West.
Participating in the first Promotion Ceremony on Wednesday night were (left to right): Tim Prather, Cherokee County Fire Chief, Lt. Chris Martin, Capt. Brady Cornelison, Sgt. Justin Sanders, Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson and Field Operations Chief, Shane West. (click image for slideshow)
Attending the second promotion ceremony on Wednesday were: Tim Prather, Cherokee County Fire Chief, Lt. Chance Conley, Lt. Drew Champion, Sgt, Cody Caviness, Eddie Robinson, Assistant Fire Chief and Shane West, Field Operations Chief.
Attending the second promotion ceremony on Wednesday were: Tim Prather, Cherokee County Fire Chief, Lt. Chance Conley, Lt. Drew Champion, Sgt, Cody Caviness, Eddie Robinson, Assistant Fire Chief and Shane West, Field Operations Chief.
Standing with Capt. Brady Cornelison (from left to right) is his daughter, Berkley, his son, Brock, his wife, Beth, Cornelison and Fire Chief, Tim Prather.
Standing with Capt. Brady Cornelison (from left to right) is his daughter, Berkley, his son, Brock, his wife, Beth, Cornelison and Fire Chief, Tim Prather.
Chris Martin is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Chris Martin is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Family members look on as Drew Champion is promoted to Lieutenant.
Family members look on as Drew Champion is promoted to Lieutenant.
Chance Conley with his family as he is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Chance Conley with his family as he is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Justin Sander's son pins his dad as a new Sergeant as his wife and Chief Prather watch.
Justin Sander's son pins his dad as a new Sergeant as his wife and Chief Prather watch.
Cody Caviness is all smiles as he is promoted to Sergeant.
Cody Caviness is all smiles as he is promoted to Sergeant.