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Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins honored for 45-year career

Columbia, South Carolina – Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins is being recognized for his outstanding 45-year career with the Columbia-Richland Fire Department in a historic celebration of commitment and leadership. Chief Jenkins, began his journey in 1979 as a firefighter and has grown to be a legendary figure in the department and the larger community.

Chief Jenkins started his career when the City of Columbia recruited him for the first time. His dedication and extraordinary abilities allowed him to progress through the ranks and, in the end, he achieved the historic milestone of being the first African-American to head the Columbia-Richland Fire Department. He continued to break ground by becoming the first African-American president of the South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs, therefore providing a strong example for next generations.

Chief Jenkins has received honors from the Richland County Council and the Columbia City Council for his unflinching commitment and many accomplishments. These honors attest to his great respect among his colleagues and the general public.

Also on April 30, in what was a milestone moment for his career, Chief Jenkins was honored by lawmakers at the South Carolina State House with a concurrent resolution. The resolution was introduced by State Senator Darrell Jackson and agreed upon by both bodies of the South Carolina General Assembly.

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Among the dignitaries attending the ceremony at the State House were leaders of the cities and counties, as well as representatives of the CRFD command staff. Their presence demonstrated the great regard and gratitude for Chief Jenkins’s services to community welfare and public safety.

Chief Jenkins’s story is one of perseverance, leadership, and an unwavering commitment to service. His advancement from a newbie firefighter to a renowned fire chief and community leader is evidence of his commitment and diligence. The entire community and the Columbia-Richland Fire Department is grateful and is congratulating Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins on his remarkable career and the enduring impact he is still creating as he marked this 45-year milestone.

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Congratulations, Chief Jenkins! Your service and leadership are an inspiration to all.

More photos of the event can be found here.

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