Peoria Fire Department honors their own in pinning ceremony


PEORIA (WEEK) — Peoria’s new fire chief was one of many honored at a badge pinning ceremony Monday.

The ceremony acknowledged the promotion of department members, including fire chief Jim Bachman.

Bachman said the ceremony isn’t necessarily about the badge itself, but the position itself and the expectations that come with it.

He says it’s an honor to be promoted alongside his colleagues, many of who have worked together for their entire careers.

“The focus is the people that have impacted our lives, for all of us that are being promoted (Monday),” said Bachman. “You know, that’s really the key.”

The following Fire Fighters were recognized during today’s ceremony: James Bachman, Fire Chief; Shawn Sollberger, Assistant Fire Chief; Rick Morgan, Division Chief of Operations; Nate Rice, Division Chief of Prevention and Investigations; Stephanie Baxter, Battalion Chief; and Scott Strum, Battalion Chief. 

Mike Morgan, Division Chief of Training, was also acknowledged this morning as he was overseeing 16 new recruits to the department at the Peoria Fire Training Academy. 

Fire Fighters first receive their badges upon graduation from the Fire Academy. Subsequent Badge Pinning Ceremonies recognize promotions within the department. Recipients also receive collar brass, a hat badge and Class “A” hat band.

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