SHERIDAN — After years of Sheridan Fire-Rescue tradition holding through decades of barely any switch-ups, two firefighters received promotions and one was officially sworn in following a ceremony Wednesday.
Chad Brutlag promoted to captain, a position vacated by current Chief Gary Harnish last fall; Terry Grooms promoted to firefighter two and Gabe Legler was sworn in as the newest firefighter for the department.
Chad Brutlag started with SFR Feb. 9, 1999, and before that had experience as a volunteer firefighter in Buffalo. Brutlag, while working full time and raising a family, earned an associates degree from Casper College and a bachelors from Columbia Southern University related to his fire service.
Throughout his time, Brutlag has chaired multiple committees, performed maintenance on the department’s self-contained breathing apparatuses and has held a car seat technician position for years.
Grooms started with SFR January 29, 2001, and came in as the go-to for any mechanical fixes. He completed an associates from Casper College while working full time and raising a family and has been to the National Fire Academy. Grooms currently serves as the chair of the public education committee, continuing several outreach programs.
Legler completed a degree at Casper College and was officially hired in March. He has been training since and officially took the oath Wednesday.
“The guys seemed to like him,” Harnish said about the department after Legler rode along five times before being hired. “They asked if we could keep him.”
Harnish said Legler shows the kind of excitement for the job they want to see.
“We want to see people that are excited to come to work, excited to be a firefighter…Gabe has shown that,” Harnish said.
The four-and-a-half week recruitment academy included 140 hours of training, and he started his first shift Easter Sunday.