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Franklin firefighters with history of service promoted

Two Franklin firefighters, both with family traditions of firefighting service, have recently been promoted. Gregory “Dan” Doss has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and Brian Daugherty has been promoted to the rank of engineer.

Originally from Roanoke, Va., at an early age Doss knew he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, uncle and cousins and become a firefighter. As a junior in high school he joined the Vinton, Va. all-volunteer EMS agency, the Vinton First Aid Crew, and began providing first aid and CPR. “The only thing we couldn’t do was drive,” said Doss. He said in those days they did not wear personal protective equipment during incidents, and often worked car wrecks in shorts and T-shirts.

He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Vinton Volunteer Fire Department from 1984 until 1989, when he moved to Murfreesboro, Tenn., his wife’s hometown.

He worked in industrial safety prior to joining the Franklin Fire Department in 1994. Doss has worked at four of Franklin’s six fire stations. He is now assigned to Station 1 on New Highway 96 West, where he is the officer on Tower 1.

Doss has a B.S. in organizational leadership from Middle Tennessee State University, an A.S. in political science from Columbia State Community College, his EMT-IV license, and numerous firefighting certifications. He is also the past president of the Franklin Firefighters Association as well as a charter member.

He and his wife have a 22-year old daughter, Chelsey, and a 19-year old son, Beau, who is a volunteer firefighter for the Lascassas Fire Department in Rutherford County. They live in Murfreesboro.

Firefighting and volunteering were also a part of Brian Daugherty’s upbringing. A native of Dickson, Tenn., Daugherty became a volunteer firefighter for the Burns Fire Department, where his father was the fire chief, when he was 17 and still in high school.

Daugherty now serves as fire chief of the volunteer Dickson County Rescue Squad, where they respond to around 600 calls per year.

He was hired by the Dickson Fire Department in 2000 as a full-time firefighter, and worked there until 2006 when he joined the Franklin Fire Department.

Daugherty has an A.S. in fire science from Volunteer State Community College, his EMT-IV license, and numerous firefighting certifications.

He is assigned to Franklin Fire Station 4 in Fieldstone Farms, where he is responsible for driving and operating the fire apparatus.

He and his wife Julie live in Burns, Tenn. where they own and operate a preschool. They have a 13-year old son, Austin. In his spare time Daugherty enjoys hunting and fishing.

Posted on: 12/6/2012


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