FAIRLAWN: Steven Brant didn’t try to hide his emotions as he was promoted to fire lieutenant on Monday night. But he wasn’t alone. Nestled within the humble crowd at city hall were his wife Shannon, and their three kids Nolan, Carter, and Demi all showing their support.
They were all there to witness Brant being sworn into his new position by Fairlawn Mayor William Roth.
Brant has been with the Fairlawn Fire Department for the past 10 years. His path was similar to many others. He began as a part-time fighter, and worked his way up to full-time status. Now, he has reached the pinnacle of his career by becoming a lieutenant. But according to Brant, it was not an easy road.
“The process to get promoted is as humbling as it is rewarding,” Brant said.
Brant said in order to even be considered for lieutenant, one has to take a test, which he passed.
“As a firefighter you’re more in charge of yourself and your own actions,” Brant said. “But as an officer your responsibilities change from self to company.”
These additional responsibilities did not deter Brant from accepting this position. He was actually very inviting to the obstacles he’s expecting to see with becoming lieutenant.
“I’m excited for the challenges ahead,” Brant said. “I have a lot to learn, but I feel like I’m ready to take those challenges on.”
In addition to being responsible for the lives and well being of his fellow firefighters, Brant will also oversee the business side of things. This new role is right up his alley considering he has a bachelor’s degree in business from Malone University.
“I’ll be more on the business side of inspecting buildings and new construction,” Brant said.
Fire Chief Russ Hose had nothing but good things to say about Brant. Hose, who summarized Brant’s credentials while the mayor swore him in said he is a good man and a family man who works hard.
Hose said he is also glad to fill a position, which the city needs.
“We’re real busy with inspections,” Hose said. “We have a lot of buildings in this town that we have to inspect.
“He’s up for the challenge,” said Hose. “I know he is.”