Earning his stripes


North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) firefighter Tony Esser holds his daughter, Adi, while his wife Tawny pins lieutenant stripes to his collar during the NWFR commissioners’ meeting on April 16. Esser, an eight-year veteran of the department, was promoted to lieutenant after firefighter Doug Clark was forced to retire due to a back injury. Clark received an honorary plaque and a standing ovation at the same meeting.

Photo by Steve Guntli

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