On Tuesday night, the Covington Fire Department officially welcomed its new hires and promoted firefighters with a swearing in ceremony.

“We have had some changes in our fire department lately, some departures, and that brings about some new faces to our team,” said mayor Justin Hanson.

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Jeremy Channell was recently promoted to assistant chief, Baker McCool was promoted to A-shift lieutenant and Zach Moffett and Andrew Owen were sworn in as new firefighters by chief Richard Griggs.

Channell has been a firefighter for nearly 20 years and McCool for 10 years. Moffett and Owen both served in the reserve program before being hired full-time.