JULY 7, 2005 - Posted at 10:58 a.m. CDT, updated at 6:02 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR - The city of Jonesboro has a new top fireman.
Aaron Keller is now the city's new fire chief. He's a local guy whose moved up through the ranks and says he isn't going to forget who he represents. "I'm working for the guys. I'm going to get them the equipment and the training, and I know they will make me proud and I hope I can make them proud," said Keller at a news conference this morning at the Central Fire Station.
It's an important time for Jonesboro rescue crews. The city is seeing unprecedented growth. "You know, with the announcement of the new convention center and the mall, our fire load is increasing every day," said Keller. "Even with the new hotel there...we've just got a lot to look at."
K8 News has recently reported on personnel shortages within the fire department, and Keller will be responsible for arguing his case for more staff to City Hall. But hiring and other needs will be addressed on another day. "I just think everyone is excited the process is finished and we can now move forward," said Keller.
Today, Jonesboro firemen seem to not only be happy about having a new chief, but also seem to feel it's the right man. "I personally am very pleased. I've known Chief Keller for more than twenty years and I personally don't think they could have made a much better choice," said Station 2 firefighter Jerry McCormick.
Keller has served as the city's interim fire chief since February, when former chief Butch Herring resigned at Formon's request.