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Longview Fire Department names first woman officer

By Robyn Claridy
Jan. 5, 2012 at 11 p.m.

Six Longview firefighters got new badges this week, including the department's first woman firefighter to promote to officer.

Longview Fire Chief J.P. Steelman said firefighters Amy Dodgen and Eric Karling were promoted to lieutenant; Olan Doxey and Josh Tanner were promoted to captain; and Tim Maricle was promoted to driver.

Steelman said Dodgen is the first woman firefighter in the department's history to promote past a firefighter and paramedic.

"We're proud of all of them. They've all worked very hard to get to these positions, and have proven through this process that they strive to be upwardly mobile within the organization," Steelman said.

Dodgen started working for the fire department in 1999 as a firefighter and paramedic.

Steelman said when she was promoted to driver in 2004, she was the first woman in the history of the department to hold the position.

Dodgen works for the special operations and PIER team, and serves on the City Manager's Applicant Diversity team.

Doxey has been employed with the department since 2001 when he started as a firefighter and paramedic at Station Six. He was promoted to fire driver in 2004 and to lieutenant in 2011.

Karling has worked for the department since 1999 and is a member of High-Angle Rescue Team and plays with the Longview Fire Department Pipe and Drum Corps.

Tanner started working for the department in 2001, promoted to driver in 2006 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2010.

He works with the department's water rescue team, High-Angle Rescue Team and works as a SWAT medic.

Maricle started working with the department in 2004. After his promotion he started working as a swing driver.

Steelman said in addition to the firefighters getting new badges, they received a new letter rank to go on their helmets.



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