By Erica Barry
HNN Summer Intern
LIHUE, Kauai (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. of Kauai and Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman held a pinning ceremony on Wednesday to promote six firefighters at the Lihue Civic Center.
Badge pinning, a proud tradition within fire departments, signifies the introduction of new department members and promotions of current members within the department.
"These gentlemen are dedicated to serving the department and the community of Kauai, and we are grateful for their commitment to excellence in their profession," said Westerman. "We look forward to having them serve in their new capacities."
Jayson Pablo was promoted to Fire Captain. Nicholas Hill, Gavin Kennelly, Justin Shinn and Dane Smith were all promoted to Firefighter III. Byron Kaina Costa was promoted to Firefighter II.
"We are incredibly proud and grateful for the work that you do everyday," said Mayor Carvalho while addressing the group. "We thank you for the risks you take and the sacrifices you make to keep our residents and visitors safe."