Six Cherokee County firefighters were promoted Wednesday during a ceremony held at the Cherokee County Administrative Offices located at The Bluffs in Canton.
Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Tim Cavender said numerous firefighters, chiefs and family members attended the event.
Greg Erdely was promoted as the new division chief for field operations. Erdely began working for the fire department 18 years ago. After being promoted to captain in 2003, Erdely went on to become a battalion chief in 2005.
Kerry Hughes, who has worked for CCFES for 25 years, was promoted to battalion chief. In 1996, Hughes received his first promotion to sergeant. Three years later, he was promoted to lieutenant and in 2003 he became a captain.
Shannon Gibbs, who has been with the department since 1999, was promoted to captain. Two years after joining CCFES, he was promoted to sergeant and became a lieutenant in 2008.
Ross Carmichael, an employee since 2001, was promoted to lieutenant. Carmichael became a sergeant in August 2003.
Two firefighters, Clay Gridley and Heath King, were promoted to sergeant. Gridley has been with the department since 2007 and King began work in with the department in 2008.