PITTSBURGH, PA (March 4, 2021—The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Safety held swearing-in and promotions ceremonies for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Thursday afternoon at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich administered the oaths at both ceremonies.
“I congratulate you and I wish you the best of luck,” Hissrich said. “I’d also like to thank the families for their continued support. You know what (First responders) go through day to day, and you’re always there for them.”
For EMS, Matthew Guerriero and Daniel Kerns were sworn in as Emergency Medical Technicians, Samson Adams and Michael Gualdoni were sworn in as Paramedics, and Roxanne Elk was promoted to Paramedic.
“I want to welcome all the family and friends of the paramedics and EMTs being sworn in today,” EMS Chief Ron Romano said. “I thank you for sharing them with us and for understanding when they miss a family event because they were helping someone else.”
For Fire, Christopher Aiello, James Harkins, Joseph Kuntz and Richard Shay were promoted to the rank of Captain. Ralph Browning, Kari Burnham, Frank Caputo, Mark Godlewski, Garrett Meade, Matthew Novotny, Keith Ott, Adam Robinson, Guy Scatena, Patrick Stack, Philip Thompson, D’lon Walker and Richard Willett were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
“Today we are recognizing people who put in a lot of time and effort to become officers in what I deem to be the best fire department in the world,” Fire Chief Darryl Jones said. “I know how well you are trained, I know how well you’re prepared to handle this, and I have the utmost faith that you can do the job.”
Lt. Kari Burnham, one of five women in the Bureau, is now the highest-ranking female in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, and the first woman promoted to Lt. since 1995.
Such ceremonies typically occur in Council Chambers at the City-County Building. They were moved to the Convention Center to accommodate Covid-19 safety measures.