The fire department badge pinning ceremony has been a long-standing tradition in the fire service for many years. It is a recognition for either joining a department or a promotion to a higher rank. I.e., (Firefighter to Engineer or Engineer to Captain). The Sealy Fire Department celebrated the promotion of three of their own. Surrounded by their families and co-workers, the three firefighters celebrated important milestones. During Austin County Emergency Services District No. 2’s first badge pinning ceremony Captain Kevin Kramr, Captain Eric Ordner and Firefighter Devin Kern were promoted. The promotions were as follows:
Kevin Kramr was promoted to the rank of Captain
Eric Ordner was promoted to the rank of Captain
Devin Kern was promoted to the rank of Firefighter as a full time member of the department
Some information on the recipients:
Devin Kern- Devin comes to Sealy Fire from the Bryan Fire Department where he worked full-time as a firefighter/paramedic. Devin attended the TEEX EMS Basic program in 2014 and later attended the TEEX Fire Academy Class 145 in the fall of the same year. He began his career in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter at Nazareth VFD in 2011. Devin and his wife Erica have two children, Colt 10, and Cheyenne 12. Devin grew up in a firefighter family and has always known he would have a career in the fire service. Devin joined with ACESD No. 2 in January 2022.
Kevin Kramr was born and raised in Fayetteville Tx. After graduating high school in 2000 he joined the US Air Force in which he served 4 years. In that time, he did several tours in Kuwait and Oman in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. After returning to Fayetteville in 2004 he obtained his EMT and started volunteering with the Fayetteville Vol. Fire Dept. in 2005. Kevin worked several years as an EMT for Fayette County EMS and soon after began working for LCRA. In 2015 Kevin obtained his TCFP Firefighter basic certification and joined ACESD No.2. Before becoming a full-time employee at ACESD No.2, he previously worked full-time as a Lieutenant for the Northwest Fire Department in Northwest Harris County. He and his wife Tori have two children Wyatt 12, and Harper 8.
Eric Ordner was born in Houston but grew up in Millheim. He graduated from Bellville High School in 2003. After graduated he attended the University of North Texas. While in college he eventually found himself interested in a career of firefighting. Eric received his EMT from Blinn College and firefighter certification from Cy-fair College. After receiving his firefighting certificate he got hired on with Houston Fire Department in January of 2007. Upon graduating the academy he was assigned to station 16 in Montrose for 7 years. He promoted to Engineer Operator and has been on the southwest side of Houston ever since. He is currently assigned to station 83 as a Incident Command Technician. Eric married his wife Cristy in 2013 and they have two beautiful daughters, Layla 7, and Scarlett 5. They are currently building their forever home in Millheim. Eric has been a member of the ACESD No.2 since 2018.
Congratulations to these three for their outstanding service to the community!
PHOTO CREDIT: Cristy Ordner Photography
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