City honors retiring firefighter, recognizes police promotion


City honors retiring firefighter, recognizes police promotion

By MATT MASTERS

Mayor Rhea Little recognized the contributions and retirement of the Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department’s Lieutenant David Wright with a proclamation during Tuesday night’s City Commission meeting as well as recognizing the promotion of the Brentwood Police Department’s Sgt. Mark Stephens.

Wright served on the department for 32 years thanking all of the city commissioners and officials as he was recognized during the meeting.

“Now, therefore, as Mayor of the City of Brentwood, I do join with the Board of Commissioners to extend sincere congratulations to Lieutenant David Wright for his 32 years of dedicated service to the City of Brentwood,” Little read from he proclamation.

Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department’s Lieutenant David Wright retires. / Matt Masters

The commission also recognized the promotion of Brentwood Police officer Mark Stephens to the rank of Seargent with a badge pinning ceremony conducted by BPD Chief Jeff Hughes.

Stephens started his career with the Scottsdale, Arizona police department before coming to Brentwood where he celebrated his three-year anniversary with the department in July.

Hughes said that Stephens, who was joined in the ceremony by his family, is a standout police officer who finished second in his class at the police academy.

Brentwood Police Department’s Sgt. Mark Stephens receives his new badge and promotion. / Matt Masters

“He’s spent his entire career in patrol and here in Brentwood he’s a field training officer, he’s on the crisis intervention team and he’s represented our department exceptionally well during his tenure here,” Hughes said.

Little also read a proclamation recognizing Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week at the request of Donna Newnan with the Travellers Rest Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

“Now, therefore, as the mayor of the City of Brentwood I do join the Board of Commissioners in proclaiming Sept. 17-23, 2019, to be Constitution Week in the City of Brentwood, and ask our citizens to reaffirm the ideals of the framers of the Constitution had in 1787 about vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties remembering that this lost right may never be regained,” Little read from the proclamation. 

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