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Posted on: November 21, 2019

Pinellas Park Promotes Two

Lieutenant and Chief in dress uniform holding fire helmets

Lt. Thomas J. “TJ” Layfield was promoted to division chief of training and Firefighter/EMT William Weaver was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

Chief Layfield joined Pinellas Park in 2008 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2015. He is a graduate of Seminole High School and Eastern Kentucky University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in fire protection administration. Chief Layfield is a hazardous materials team leader, technical rescue team leader, and instructor at the St. Petersburg College Fire Academy.  In 2012, he was awarded Paramedic of the Year, and received the department’s Lifesaving Medal of Valor in 2018. Chief Layfield’s new responsibilities include developing and implementing fire ground activities and training, overseeing the firefighter apprenticeship program and coordinating specialized teams such as technical rescue, hazmat, and tactical EMS (SWAT).

Lieutenant Weaver began his career with Pinellas Park in 2007 as a firefighter/EMT. He is a graduate of Boca Ciega High School and is currently completing an associate degree in fire science at St. Petersburg College. Lt. Weaver is a member of the technical rescue team, an instructor for the firefighter apprenticeship program, commander of the department’s honor guard, and serves on the Pinellas Park firefighter’s benevolent committee.  He was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 2010 and received the department’s Life Saving Medal of Valor in 2018. His responsibilities as a lieutenant will be to supervise a five-person company on A-Shift at Pinellas Park Fire Station 34.

Photo from ceremony shows Lt. Weaver on the left and Chief Layfield on the right.

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