Fire and Emergency Services Department promotes seven


Seven members of the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department have been promoted, according to a news release from Chief Shauwn Howell. The promotions were effective Feb. 13, and were as follows:

• Captain Ernest Stacy was promoted to Battalion Chief. Stacy, a 26-year veteran, is a 1977 graduate of Irvin High School in El Paso, Texas, and attended Southeast Arkansas College pursuing an associate’s degree in Fire Science. He is a nationally certified emergency medical technician, a hazardous materials technician, and received the Arkansas Fire Academy Academic Achievement Award in 1977. Stacy is married to Donna Stacy and they have two sons, Joshua Stacy and the late James Stacy.

• Lieutenant Harold Clark was promoted to the rank of Captain. A 13-year veteran, Clark is a 1992 graduate of Watson Chapel High School. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Webster University, a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and an associate’s of applied science degree from Southeast Arkansas College. He is in the second year of the four-year Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute (EDI) program at Dillard University in New Orleans. Clark is also a certified emergency medical technician instructor, hazardous materials technician, CPR instructor, fire instructor, fire investigator and a certified specialized law enforcement officer. He was the recipient of the 2008 Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Life Saving Award. Clark is married to Tierra Clark and they have five children.

• Engineer Joey Tomboli was promoted to Lieutenant. Tomboli is an eight-year veteran and a graduate of White Hall High School. He received the 2006 Arkansas Fire Academy Rookie Award, the 2006 Arkansas Fire Academy Outstanding Achievement Award, the 2011 Arkansas Firefighter of the Year Award, and the 2011 Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Citation of Valor Award. He is married to Brandy Tomboli and they have three children.

• Engineer LaRon Edwards was promoted to Lieutenant. A five-year department veteran, he graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1999 and attended Northwest Arkansas Community College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management. He is a a certified emergency medical technician instructor and a CPR instructor. He is married to Chante’ Edwards and they have four children.

• Firefighter Matthew Inman was promoted to Engineer. A 2003 graduate of Watson Chapel High School, he has an associate’s degree in automotive and diesel technology from Nashville Auto Diesel College. Inman is a certified emergency medical technician. He is married to Sarah Brooke Inman and they have three children.

• Firefighter Michael Burleson was promoted to Engineer. A four-year department veteran, he is a 2003 graduate of White Hall High School and attended Southeast Arkansas College pursuing an associate’s degree in general studies. He is a certified fire inspector, hazardous materials technician, and a national emergency medical technician.

• Firefighter Kevin Chapmon was promoted to Engineer. A six-year veteran, he is a 1966 graduate of White Hall High School. He attended Southeast Arkansas College and is a nationally certified emergency medical technician. He has three children.