LAFD Holds Retirement, Recognition And Promotions Celebration

Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas, far right, poses with Los Alamos Fire Department personnel who were promoted in 2022 after she administered the oath of office to them. Pictured are, from left, DE Dylan Mahoney, DE Dustin Rogers, Capt. John Bialy, Dep. Chief Wendy Servey, Div. Chief/Fire Marshal James Pepe, DE Matt Rodriguez, DE Michael Manzanares, Capt. Colorado Cordova and Capt. Sam Meyersick, Courtesy photo

Captain John Bialy prepares his badge for pinning during Saturday’s LAFD promotion celebration. Courtesy photo

LAFD Driver-Engineer Keith Henry, left, was promoted after 16 years of service, and James Pepe who was promoted to Division Chief /Fire Marshall. Courtesy photo

LAFD Chief Troy Hughes with keynote speaker for Saturday’s event Sen. Leo Jaramillo. Sen. Jaramillo received a challenge coin from Chief Hughes. Sen. Jaramillo closed his comments with, “‘ I want to thank you for putting your lives on the line to save people and property. You have given up your holidays, your free time and sacrificed your life to protect others. You jump out of bed at night when Los Alamos County needs you and you do it not knowing whether it will be your last call. All of you have been at the scene of car accidents, medical emergencies, home fires and raging wildfires. You give of yourself selflessly because you love our community. You do it because you love our neighbors. And the truth is, we don’t thank you enough. To our retires, for a lifetime of service and to those who will continue to serve in the name of love and community, I want to thank you! I could say it a thousand times and that still wouldn’t be enough…thank you! All of you are extraordinary people that we celebrate here today. You’re extraordinary New Mexicans. You have set an example for us all.  May your shining example of commitment to our community inspire us all in our own lives — “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.’ Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas conducts a group swearing in for LAFD who were promoted in 2022. Pictured are, from left, DE Dylan Mahoney, DE Dustin Rodgers, Division Chief/Fire Marshal James Pepe, Capt. John Bialy, DE Matt Rodriguez, Dep. Chief Wendy Servey, DE Mike Manzanares, Capt. Colorado Cordova and Capt. Sam Meyersick. Courtesy photo

LAFD DE Kevin Kamplain, left and EMS Division Chief Chris Bartlett during Saturday’s LAFD celebration. Courtesy photo

LAFD Chief Troy Hughes with Norma Jean Valdez who was promoted to Security & Administrative Services Manager. Courtesy photo

Capt. Colorado Cordova, left, and DE Matt Rodriguez sign their oaths at Saturday’s promotion ceremony. Courtesy photo

LAPD Mike Manzanares with his family at Saturday’s celebration. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Councilor Randall Ryti thanks LAFD personnel for their service. Courtesy photo

LAFD Driver-Engineer Travis Williams, right, is congratulated on the occasion of his retirement after 19 years of service by Chief Troy Hughes. Courtesy photo