Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Division Commander Receives Letter of Commendation

May 10, 2018

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services Shift Commander, Ryan McElwee, received a Letter of Commendation today from Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, for recently receiving his Fire Chief Certification at the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs Spring Executive Session in Savannah, Georgia.

According to Chief Prather, “McElwee is the first in the ranks of Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services to obtain this achievement. He has demonstrated the professionalism and dedication it takes to continue pursuit of a very successful career.  Through his dedicated efforts, McElwee has set the example of other officers in this organization to follow as well, to include myself.”

In order for an applicant to receive the certification, they must meet four pre-requisites including holding a Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council State Certification in at least one of the current fire service certifications and serve as a minimum of a Battalion Chief or Division Supervisor.   McElwee has been working toward this certification since January of 2016. “To date there have only been 95 of these certifications awarded,” stated McElwee.

Congratulations to Ryan McElwee on a job well done!

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Ryan McElwee (right) receives his Letter of Commendation from Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather.
Ryan McElwee (right) receives his Letter of Commendation from Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather. (click image for slideshow)
Chief Prather speaks about McElwee's committment of improving his qualifications in the fire service.
Chief Prather speaks about McElwee's committment of improving his qualifications in the fire service.
McElwee thanks everyone for coming out for his recognition.
McElwee thanks everyone for coming out for his recognition.
A large number of firefighters came out to congratulate McElwee.
A large number of firefighters came out to congratulate McElwee.