Independence Fire/EMS Chief Shawn Wallis has announced the promotion of longtime firefighter Marcus Hamilton to the rank of captain within the department.
In his new role, Hamilton, an 11-year veteran of the fire/EMS crew, will serve as the on-scene incident commander at fire and accident calls. He also will be responsible for shift scheduling and oversight and will supervise all operations as necessary in Wallis’ absence.
“Marcus brings an excellent record of service to the captain’s job,” Wallis said. “Additionally, he is well-respected by our team and demonstrates thoughtful leadership. I have complete confidence in his ability to manage and thrive in this new role, and I look forward to working with him in this capacity.”
Hamilton joined the department in February 2006 and most recently served as shift lieutenant. He is certified as an advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT), and received his firefighter’s training through the University of Kansas. He also is trained in hazardous materials management and incident command.
A native of Independence and a graduate of Independence High School, Hamilton says he always knew he wanted to be a firefighter and he looks forward to the daily challenges in his line of work.
“Every day is different,” he said. “You never know what’s coming. I guess I enjoy the adrenaline, the thrill of the unknown, and, of course, helping people.”
Hamilton and his wife, Lindsay, have three sons: Corey, 10; Gavin, 6; and Jacob, 5.
Wallis said an official “pinning” ceremony for Hamilton is planned during the upcoming appreciation banquet for the City of Independence’s public service personnel in early May. Wallis also expects to name a new lieutenant to fill Hamilton’s vacated position in the near future.