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New Hires for Hickory Fire Department…three from Caldwell County

HICKORY, NC (September 16, 2019) — The following persons have been hired as firefighters for the Hickory Fire Department.

Photo (left to right): Williams, Petrone, Crane, Gregory, and Adams

Brandon Adams
Brandon Adams has been hired as a firefighter with the Hickory Fire Department. As a volunteer, Adams serves as a firefighter with Granite Falls and North Catawba Fire & Rescue. Adams is certified as a level II firefighter and in Technical Rescue thorough the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission. He is also certified as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) through the North Carolina Office of the Emergency Services. In 2016 he graduated from the Hibriten High School Fire Academy. He is engaged to Lindsay Absher and they are expecting a son. His parents are Charlie and Nan Adams and he has a sister, Sara.

Phillip Crane
The Hickory Fire Department recently hired Phillip Crane as a firefighter. Prior to employment with the Hickory Fire Department, Crane served as a firefighter and engineer with City of Lenoir and as a member of Grace Chapel Fire Department. He is certified as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) through the North Carolina Office of Emergency Services and a Level II firefighter through the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission. He has completed training in many areas including Hazardous Materials certification awareness and operations levels, Driver Operator pumps and aerials, and is certified in Technical Rescue. He has also completed training as a Fire & Life Safety Educator. Crane is the third member of his family to work for the City of Hickory. Both his father and grandfather were members of the fire department.

Kelvin Gregory Jr.
The Hickory Fire Department recently hired Kelvin Gregory as a firefighter. Gregory is certified as a Level 2 Firefighter, Technical Rescuer, and Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations levels through the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission. Since 2019, Gregory has been certified as an Emergency Medical Technician through NC Office of Emergency Medical Services. He is married to Alex and they have two children Riley and Huxley. He is also the stepson of retired Hickory Fire Department Captain Paul Holsclaw.

Joseph Petrone
Joseph Petrone has also been hired as a firefighter with the Hickory Fire Department. Prior to employment with the Hickory Fire Department he was a member of Hudson Fire Department and worked nine years with Caldwell County Emergency Services. Through the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission, he has completed training as a Level 2 Firefighter, Hazardous Materials certification Awareness and Operations levels, and Technical Rescue. He is certified as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) through the North Carolina Office of Emergency Services and also as a Paramedic. He is married to Brittany.

Steve Williams
The Hickory Fire Department recently hired Steve Williams as a firefighter. Williams’ fire service career started in Decatur Georgia where he worked as a firefighter. He is certified as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) through the North Carolina Office of Emergency Services and a Level II firefighter through the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission. He has completed training in many areas including Hazardous Materials certification awareness and operations levels. He enjoys biking, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking and spending time with his girlfriend, Cindy. He is also happy to be living in North Carolina!