Salem man sworn in as EL firefighter

Andrew Wolfgangof Salem left a teaching career to become an East Liverpool firefighter, with the oath administered Friday morning by Municipal Court Judge Melissa Byers Emmerling. (Salem News photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)

EAST LIVERPOOL – Three new city firefighters were sworn in to office Friday morning by East Liverpool Municipal Judge Melissa Byers Emmerling, which Chief Bill Jones said brings his force up to full strength for the first time in nearly a year.

With a courtroom filled by family members, city officials and employees, other firefighters and several retired city firefighters, the oath was administered to Derek Sullivan, 34, Canfield; Michael Dubray Jr., 25, East Liverpool; and Andrew Wolfgang, 28, Salem.

Sullivan completed his fire training at Tri-C Fire Academy in 2006 and has served part time with the Canfield Fire Department as a firefighter for 12 years. His badge was pinned on by his girlfriend, Melanie Weimer. He has been assigned to A-shift.

Dubray has not yet undergone firefighter training and has no experience in the field, but will be starting a fire academy at the first of the year, and although which one has not yet been determined, Jones said it will be the first available. He is married to Courtney Harrison, daughter of retired city firefighter Chris Harrison, and she pinned on her husband’s badge.

Although not yet trained, Jones said Dubray will nonetheless be on the job until he completes the academy, which is allowed by state law. He has been assigned to C-shift.

Wolfgang is leaving his profession as a teacher to join the fire department, having completed the Mahoning County Career and Technology Center Fire Academy and EMT training. He has served three years as a volunteer with the Green Township Fire Department and has been assigned to the B-shift.

Wolfgang’s wife Lauren pinned on his badge.

All three new firefighters scored well on both the Civil Service exam and agility test, with Jones saying, “It worked out well that we were able to get two already with training and a city resident who we can get trained as well.”

This hiring will bring the roster to the full 12 on duty after several retirements and the recent resignation of a new hire unable to meet the residency requirement. All three new firefighters will be required to adhere to the residency requirement within a year of their hiring.

Jones said the lone female candidate who took the written and agility tests was offered one of the positions but turned it down. She would have been the department’s first female firefighter.