Representative John McCravy is launching a mission to recognize Greenwood’s finest – our first responders. “The members of the General Assembly have the privilege of recognizing outstanding citizens in their communities,” he says, “and the first people I think of are our first responders. Every day of the session in the House of Representatives we open with prayer that includes prayer for our first responders. I take that prayer seriously.”
Rep. McCravy has a goal - present certificates of commendation from the House of Representatives to every first responder in House District 13 who has served for over 20 years or performed an act of heroism. “They put their lives on the line every day. It’s not an easy job. They’ve earned our thanks; I want them to know that they have my thanks and the thanks of their state.”
His first stop was the Greenwood Fire Department, where, over three days he met 17 firefighters who have each served for over 2 decades. “These men are top of the line.” Rep. McCravy says. “The average person may not appreciate how experienced and capable they are, or how many awards they have earned for their excellent service. They deserve to be recognized and rewarded for their commitment.”
Of the 17 firemen Rep. McCravy honored with a certificate, 13 of them have earned awards for saving lives in Greenwood. Most of them have also earned ribbons for service in exceptional situations. Campaign Ribbons are awarded to firefighters who bravely face significant and complex emergencies. Deployment Ribbons are awarded to firefighters who work outside of Greenwood County in emergency situations for Statewide Mutual Aid.
Lieutenant Steven L. Belk – Lieutenant Belk has given 25 years of his valuable service to Greenwood. He attained the Departmental Award of Merit, meaning he exhibits professionalism and a superior work ethic on a daily basis that sets him far above the standard. He has also been awarded the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Responder Award for life-saving and the Deployment Ribbon.
Lieutenant Brian J. Brown – Lieutenant Brown has worked for the Greenwood Fire Department for a solid two decades, and in those 20 years, he has achieved the Departmental Award of Merit for highly professional conduct and superior service in daily routines. He also has both ribbons, the Unit Commendation Award, and the Departmental Employee of the Year Award for Lieutenants in 2010 and 2012 and for Engineers in 2008.
Battalion Chief Edward Carter – Battalion Chief Carter is working on his 30th year at the Greenwood Fire Department. He has earned the Life Saving Award, the Departmental Employee of the Year Award for Chief Officers in 2012, and the Deployment Ribbon.
Lieutenant Dennis D. Cox – Lieutenant Cox has put in 2 decades of dedicated service, and his work is paying off in lives saved. He has received the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Responder Award, the Departmental Employee of the Year Award for Lieutenants in 2015, and the Deployment Ribbon.
Captain Darin H. Cromer – Captain Cromer has accomplished a lot in the 20 years he’s been keeping Greenwood safe. He was SC Fire Academy Instructor of the Year and has both the Campaign and the Deployment Ribbons. He was Departmental Employee of the Year for Lieutenants in 2008 and for Chief Officers in 2014. He also has both the Life Saving and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Responder Awards.
Captain Joseph T. Greer – Captain Greer can claim 32 years of service to the Fire Department. He has earned the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Responder Award for performing life-saving CPR/AED procedures on an emergency victim before EMS could arrive. He also holds the Departmental Employee of the Year Award for Chief Officers in 2013 and the Deployment Ribbon.
Lieutenant Ryan Lovette – Lieutenant Lovette can boast a long career as a firefighter – he’s served valiantly for 31 years at the Greenwood Fire Department and abroad. He holds the Deployment Ribbon for service in cases of emergency and extreme need outside of Greenwood County.
Battalion Chief Terry McDonald – Battalion Chief McDonald has 35 years of service under his belt. His coworkers will tell you that he exemplifies leadership and loyalty, which is why he was given a Departmental Employee of the Year Award for Chief Officers in 2011. He has also earned the Campaign Ribbon.
Pictured here are (from left) Rep. McCravy, Lt. Brian Brown (20 yrs), Lt. Ryan Lovette (31 yrs), Capt. Daren Cromer (20 yrs), Battalion Chief Terry McDonald (35 yrs), Lt. Timothy Warren (25 yrs), and Assistant Chief Robert Stevenson (39 yrs) at GWD Fire Station 1.
Lieutenant John J. Milam Jr. - Lieutenant Milam has provided professional service to the Fire Department for 25 years. He has also earned the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Responder Award for saving lives, as well as the Departmental Employee of the Year Award for Lieutenants in 2014 and the Deployment Ribbon.
Master Firefighter Harry Minyard - Harry is a Master Firefighter with 28 years of superior service to Greenwood Fire Department. He possesses the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Responder Award for life-saving.
Assistant Chief Robert G. Stevenson – Assistant Chief Stevenson has been serving the Greenwood Fire Dept. for 39 years. He has completed several outstanding achievements, including currently being the 2nd Vice President of State Fire Inspectors’ Association and previously being the SC Fire Inspector of the year. He has earned the Departmental Community Service Award, given to members who have done outstanding volunteer service that directly improved our community. He has also earned the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Responder Award, the Unit Commendation Award, and the Campaign and Deployment Ribbons.
Chief Ronald Terry Strange – Chief Strange has served the Greenwood Fire Department for over four decades. In that time, he has earned several awards. A few of them include the Life Saving Award, and the City of Greenwood Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Performance Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. He’s also been awarded the “Outstanding Fireman of the Year” award from the Greenwood Jaycees, a Unit Commendation Award, and a Campaign Ribbon. He served as President of the State Association of Fire Chiefs from 2005-2006. Perhaps most impressive, however, is the Fritz Turner Award. Named for South Carolina’s first fire marshal, the Fritz Turner Award is presented annually to the best fire chief in the state, one exemplifying dedication to public safety, leadership, and cooperation.
Rep. McCravy stands with (from the left) Master Harry Minyard (28 yrs), Battalion Chief Dennis Wilson (35 yrs), Lt. John Milam (25 yrs), Lt. Steven Belk (25 yrs), Lt. Robert Ware (24 yrs), and Capt. Joseph Greer (32 yrs).
Captain Walter T. Wall – Captain Wall has been responding to Greenwood’s emergencies for two decades, and he has been a life saver. He’s earned both the Life Saving Award and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Responder Award, as well as both ribbons. He was also the Departmental Employee of the Year for Chief Officers in 2010 and 2016.
Lieutenant Robert H. Ware – Lieutenant Ware has been waking up every morning and going to work to save lives for 24 years, whether the people who need him are in Greenwood County or not; he’s earned the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Responder Award and the Deployment Ribbon.
Lieutenant Timothy L. Warren – Lieutenant Warren can boast an honorable career - 25 years of life saving with the Fire Department. He was given the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Responder Award and the Departmental Employee of the Year Award for Engineers in 2013, as well as the Deployment Ribbon.
Battalion Chief Dennis K. Wilson – Battalion Chief Wilson can boast 35 years of service to the Greenwood Fire Department. This former Green Beret and Vietnam veteran holds a Departmental Employee of the Year Award for Chief Officers in 2008 and 2015 for being a positive example of leadership, unity, and fidelity and a Unit Commendation Award.
Lieutenant Edward E. Wilson – Lieutenant Wilson has been a professional firefighter with Greenwood Fire Department for 20 years, and he is a decorated member of the team. He received the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Responder Award for saving a victim’s life with CPR/AED procedures. He was the Department Employee of the Year for Lieutenants in 2009, 2011, and 2013 and has been awarded the Deployment Ribbon for providing emergency services outside of Greenwood.