CLINTON TOWNSHIP – A socially distanced ceremony, held in the engine bay of Fire Station 4 on Tuesday afternoon, saw the promotion and swearing-in of three Clinton Township firefighters. Clinton Township Fire Chief Tim Duncan and other Township officials congratulated Aaron Schmid, who was promoted to Deputy Chief of Administration, and Ryan Amormino, promoted to Lieutenant Paramedic. Stephen Caron, the newest member of the Fire Department, was sworn in as a Firefighter/Paramedic.
“I always say we have the best fire and police departments,” said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “And the public backs me up every time they vote for a millage to support our first responders.” Cannon went on to encourage everyone in attendance to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine shot when possible.
“After ten months of COVID and everything else that is going on, it’s nice to have something positive to celebrate,” said Duncan.
Township Clerk Kim Meltzer and Trustee Tammy Patton also attended. Family and friends of each candidate were on hand to participate in the badge-pinning ceremony.
Schmidt, a graduate of De La Salle High School, took courses at Oakland University then entered the Detroit Fire Academy. Upon graduation, he joined the Detroit Fire Department (DFD), and from there moved on to the Clinton Township Fire Department (CTFD). While with the DFD, he was awarded the Citation of Valor and the Commissioner’s Citation for Outstanding Bravery and extreme Devotion to Duty. Schmidt received an associate degree from Macomb Community College (MCC) and was one of the firefighters who completed the paramedic program when the CTFD first sponsored it.
Amormino studied for a firefighter/paramedic degree at MCC and came to the CTFD after working for Medstar Ambulance as a paramedic and at Henry Ford Medical Center. Duncan said Amormino took the lead in many of the department’s most important projects over the past two years. His guidance and assistance during the COVID crisis have been invaluable. He recently graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Master of Science degree in leadership, emphasizing homeland security and emergency management.
Caron graduated from Henry Ford High School and earned an associate degree from MCC. He began his firefighting career in Highland Park and served with the Utica and Washington Township fire departments before coming to Clinton Township.