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Firefighter Bob Rush has his badge and pins placed on his uniform by his family Tuesday as he was promoted to lieutenant during a swearing-in ceremony at the Mason City Fire Department.

MASON CITY | The Mason City Fire Department promoted two of its employees and hired a third during a ceremony at the station on Fifth Street Southwest Tuesday afternoon. 

At the event, which lasted about 20 minutes and was attended by a dozen people, including Mayor Bill Schickel for the swearing in, the Mason City Fire Department promoted two individuals to lieutenant and swore in a third as the department's newest fire medic. 

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Firefighter Gary Akins is sworn in as a lieutenant by Mayor Bill Schickel Tuesday during a swearing-in ceremony at the Mason City Fire Department.

The newly-minted Lt. Bob Rush, third battalion, has given 17-plus years to the Mason City Fire Department while also volunteering for the Manly Fire Department.

Rush spent more than three years taking night classes through Kirkwood Community College to get a degree in fire science and says all of that effort makes the promotion even more worthwhile.

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Christopher Ward is sworn in as a firefighter by Mayor Bill Schickel Tuesday during a ceremony at the Mason City Fire Department.

"I've worked hard toward it and to achieve that goal is very meaningful to me," Rush said. "(I'm) honored and privileged." 

Meanwhile, Lt. Gary Akins has worked at the Mason City Fire Department for a decade plus and has spent time on the hazmat team and volunteering for the Rockwell Fire Department. 

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Mason City Fire Chief Erik Bullinger speaks during a ceremony Tuesday where Bob Rush and Gary Akins were promoted to lieutenant and Christopher Ward was sworn-in as a firefighter at the Mason City Fire Department.

Christopher Ward, a Clear Lake Fire Department volunteer, was announced as the department's newest fire medic, filling the last vacancy for the department. 

Earlier this year, Lt. Carl Ginapp was promoted to a training officer position and now works closely with Fire Marshal Jamey Medlin on inspections. 

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