Cleland Rises Again in the Ranks of the Swanton FRD

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Early in last night’s (6/14/21) Swanton Village Council meeting, in front of family, friends and colleagues, Swanton Firefighter Kate Cleland, was formerly recognized for her promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in the Swanton Fire and Rescue Department (SFRD).  Lieutenant Cleland, a six-year veteran of the SFRD, was sworn in by Mayor Neil Toeppe. Her brother, Army Staff Sergeant Ben Cleland, made the almost 800 mile trip from Fort Benning, Georgia and had the honor of pinning the Lieutenant Insignia on her uniform.

Chief Tony Schaffer read a statement regarding Lieutenant Cleland’s promotion.  “On May 12, a fire-based assessment center was conducted to determine the knowledge, skills and abilities of a candidate being considered for promotion from Firefighter to Lieutenant.  Firefighter/EMT Kate Cleland has learned the promotion based on her passing scores and favorable performance as Shift Lead for 10 months.  In addition to leading her shift and preparing for the assessment center, she also successfully completed Fire Officer I and Fire Officer II course work.”

In offering his personal congratulations, Chief Schaffer said, “She has earned this and I believe she will do a really good job as an officer for our department and the citizens of the Swanton community.”

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