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Fire Department welcomes new lieutenant

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SWEAR: Nick Bauer takes his oath of office as his wife Kristy Bauers holds The Bible and his son Nash watches.
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TEAM: (From left)Keith Paterson,David Teusch, Nick Bauer, Tony Johnson and Mayor Fetters pose for a photo as team leaders of the Huntington Fire Department.

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

Nick Bauer’s commitment to the City of Huntington throughout his life has lead him to become the Huntington Fire Department’s newest lieutenant.

Bauer began as a firefighter 18 years ago, after graduating from Huntington North High School in 1992, and HFD Chief Tony Johnson said he will be a perfect replacement for former lieutenant Chris Sunderman who retired earlier this year.

“Nick’s one of those guys who just stands out,” Johnson said. “He does more than what he needs to do. He’s always looking for something to tackle.”

Johnson said throughout the many years of working alongside Bauer, he is most impressed by his ability to lead by example and mentor the new firefighters.

“He would not have anyone do anything that he wouldn’t do himself. He’s just one of those guys who you can always count on,” Johnson said. “We’ve got a really young department. He’s really good at teaching them what they need to know, how they need to act and what the profession of firefighting is all about.”

Bauer has more than 12 specialized certifications, including everything from rope and swift-water rescue to being a certified trainer for the International Association of Firefighters.

He’s coached wrestling for more than twenty years and takes extra classes to perfect his skills anytime he can.

Johnson has made improving training a priority since becoming Chief last year, and Bauer said he is on board with all of Johnson’s plan of action.

“Everything changes from year to year, and I think pushing for training is good because we’ve got a lot of new guys who’ve come on in the last few years with guys retiring,” Bauer said. “They need that training, plus it helps us older guys like me to refresh on stuff we haven’t done in a while.”

Mayor Brooks Fetters presented Bauer with a medallion and welcomed him to the “We Serve Huntington Team,” something Fetters said fits Bauer well since he models each of the qualities that members are tasked with meeting: demonstrating respect, being honest, choosing a positive attitude, proving trustworthy and working together as a team.