TROY — Climbing the “fire truck” ladder in rank, Troy Fire Department promoted two personnel with a pinning ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday.
Eric Krites was promoted from platoon commander to assistant chief while Wade Dexter was promoted to platoon commander.
Chief Matthew Simmons said the ceremony was a special day for the fire department as a whole. Chief Simmons explained both Krites and Dexter each took a written examination and assessment to be promoted within the department.
“The officers at the fire department — when you move up — there’s more accountability, more responsibility and more time that is required. It’s an honor and privilege to serve with these guys,” Chief Simmons said. “We all know it takes a special person to be a firefighter/paramedic. Then, to throw on top of that, the responsibility of being in charge of other firefighters is a hefty weight and these guys are ready to shoulder that load.”
Krites joins Gary Stanley as the second assistant chief at the Troy Fire Department, a position that has been vacant since Simmons was promoted to chief.
“Eric served underneath me when I was chief of fire prevention and I’m very proud of this guy,” Simmons said.
Krites began his career at St. Mary’s Fire Department before transferring to the city of Troy on Feb. 28, 1993, at 21 years old. Krites graduated from Springfield Fire Academy in 1990 and from Upper Valley EMS Education in 1991 with a paramedic certification.
He and his wife, Jenell, have four children.
“Very proud of Wade, too,” Chief Simmons said. “Anyone that knows Wade knew eventually one day he would be promoted and today is the day. Wade takes his job very serious. EMS is a passion of his and he does a very good job at that. He’s going to be helping with the administration part of that job at the fire department.”
Dexter began his career with the Troy Fire Department on July 20, 2003. Dexter served seven years in the Ohio Air National Guard. Dexter earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the Hulman Institute of Technology. He graduated from Englewood Career Technology Center in 2001 in fire fighting. He earned his paramedic certification in 2002 from the Upper Valley EMS Education.
He and his wife, Andrea, have six children.
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