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WHO: Kate Ables

ASSIGNMENT: Company 11 Medic


KATE SAYS: My goal has always been to work in medicine. When I turned 18 my brother had already been in the fire service for several years and talked me into trying it out…

I instantly fell in love.

It’s such a dynamic job where no two days are the same. It’s exciting, it keeps you on your toes and the friendships you build with the people around you are unlike any other.

This job isn’t easy. It’s demanding both physically and mentally, but it is incredibly rewarding. If you’re thinking about entering this field, do it. Just be prepared to work hard and always strive to be the best version of yourself, lots of people will be counting on you.

Also, don’t marry a coworker. 🥴🙃

DFD HISTORY: Kate joined the Dayton Fire Department in 2017 as an EMT and was assigned to Company 15 Medic Unit after graduating the EMS academy. She was there for 3 years and moved to Company 11 Medic Unit and shortly after her move there, she was promoted to the position of Paramedic. She is currently assigned to the Training Center as the lead instructor for the current EMS class.

Kate has received 4 service awards and has also received a Chief’s Commendation for going above and beyond and for providing excellent customer care.

Kate has proven to be a vital part of the DFD and has been involved in many of our union functions. Kate, your willingness to serve and help has made you an invaluable asset to our city and we are thankful to have you as a part of our organization!

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I did my clinical ride time for paramedic class and Kate was an AWESOME preceptor. Patient and understanding and wiling to teach you anything and practically take you under her wing. I’m humbled to have been taught by her. If you ride on M11 and get Kate, count yourself as blessed! Keep up though cause 11’s is fast paced. Keep up the great work Kate!

I love Kate so much. She is such an amazing Medic but even more of an amazing person. Love you Kate.

Kate is definitely one of the best and coolest ems partners I’ve ever had the chance to work with! I’m so proud to see how far she’s come since I first met her in 2015! She’s definitely a great asset to the Dayton Fire Department ❤️

When I did clinical ride time for paramedic class, Kate was one of my preceptors and she was very helpful! 😊

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WHO: Troy Shropshire

ASSIGNMENT: Company 18 Truck


TROY SAYS: I chose this profession as a way to give back to the people of this city. I was born and raised here in Dayton, and I have ties to various people around the city. I remember as a child watching Engine 17 going up and down Elmhurst Road where I grew up and I thought to myself, how cool would it be to be able to ride on a fire truck one day. Fast forward two decades later, and a dream became a reality.

Some words of advice: NEVER STOP LEARNING!

Enjoy the job while you can because time goes by quick.

Learn to compartmentalize what happens on the job and find healthy ways to deal with the stressors of the job. Eventually, the stress gets to everyone.

DFD HISTORY: Troy finished number 1 on the civil service test and was hired in the first class of 2013, after a 7 year hiring freeze in the City of Dayton. Troy was assigned to Company 18 Truck and has been there for the duration of his career. Troy is the senior firefighter at Company 18, and has mentored a rookie every year since graduating.

Troy is also a Paramedic, has obtained his associates degree in Fire Science from Sinclair Community College, and recently obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science and Administration from Bowling Green State University.

Troy is ambitious in his firefighting career and is a valued member of our department and our union.

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He sure knows how to help out with gender reveal parties!

Shrop is a true professional firefighter and paramedic, who takes his craft seriously, yet looks at everything on the brighter side!! A future leader of the DFD for sure. I’m thankful I had the pleasure to work with him on Ladder 18.

Thank you for all you do to keep the community safe!

Congrats!! Keep up the great job !!! Taking care of Business!DFD👍🏼

I worked with him at Sam's. Congratulations!

Looking good Strop! Hope you are well!

I like working with Troy, keeps me laughing and entertained all day long


Well Done Sir!

Nice work Shrop!

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A huge thank you to everyone who came out and attended our Dayton Firefighters Mural celebration!

Special thanks to our city leadership, Mayor Jeffrey J. Mims, Jr., Shenise Turner-Sloss for Dayton City Commission, Matt Joseph, Commissioner Chris Shaw, and Joe Parlette for supporting us and coming out to the ceremony; and Gabrielle Enright for your kind words, and always being there for us when we need it.

This wall showcasing significant events in Dayton’s history will live for many many years, and we couldn’t be more proud to show it off. If you are ever in the area, please stop by and enjoy this amazing piece by The Mural Machine.
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It started raining before we could get Shawn Hills name up on the Love You; mural today. But it’ll be finished this week.  Thank you ❤️

Absolutely amazing work and History. Thank you MS. Tiffany Clark!!

Bravo Tiffany!

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The history of the Dayton Fire Department dates back over 150 years. Larry Ables and Bill Sayers both retired from DFD, and they are rich with knowledge about our past.

From early days of the volunteer companies to the Dayton Flood; from the first black firefighter in our history to the iconic Sherman Williams fire. These guys know it all, and this presentation encompasses everything there is to know about the history of the Dayton Fire Department.
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Captain Ables was one hell of a captain to work for! Grateful for the privilege to have worked for him fresh out of the academy.

Dayton Fire Recruits started live fire exercises today. They started with what we call the “camp fire” where they can visualize the growth stages of a fire and feel the different levels of heat as fire develops.

Next up was the flashover container, where they are shown what a flashover looks like, and how it develops. Just to note, a flashover happens at 1128 degrees Fahrenheit, and they get a chance to feel what that is like. What does it feel like you ask? It’s really really hot.

The fire suppression portion of the academy is intense, but these recruits are doing well and proving their skills every day.
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Great training, I was caught in 3 flashovers diring my 31 year career, I hope the dept still uses MCCC senior welding class to repair the simulator. When I was DC at the TC we did a nice formal presentation at the Career center on Hoke Rd. Full Winter Class A's. We filmed it also, probably in the archieves somewhere. But I digress, Fabulous training without the real life possibility of dying. No better training than that

Thank You 😎


WHO: Sarah Marshall

ASSIGNMENT: Training Center Captain


DFD HISTORY: Sarah was assigned to Company 16, 3rd platoon after graduating from the academy in 2001. It was a double company then, housing a truck, engine (cross-staffed 2 ambulances), and a medic. A few years later, station 9 closed moving those guys to 16’s. From there she went to Company 14 where she spent the next 11 years. Sarah was promoted to Lieutenant in 2015 and was assigned as a relief officer on 2nd Platoon and eventually was given the assignment as the Incident Support Unit. In 2019, Sarah promoted to Captain and was assigned as a relief officer on 1st platoon until she became the Training Center Captain in 2021.

Sarah is a swift water and rope rescue technician and received those certifications from her time at Company 14 with Boat 14 and Rescue 2. Last year she obtained a Hazmat technician certification. She is also a fire and EMS instructor and has taught two Fire Recruit Academy classes.

In 2021, Sarah organized the Fire Camp for Women to encourage and inspire more women to join the fire service. In 2017, she took over our Fire & EMS Explorer program to give young people the opportunity to learn about the fire service and provide them with mentorship.

SARAH SAYS: I chose this career because I wanted to prove to my family and friends that I could do it. I was having a hard time finding something that I could enjoy doing for longer than 6 months before getting bored and quitting. During the first day of the academy, I thought for sure I made a mistake. But I toughed it out and was determined to work hard, learn as much as I can, and never stop trying to improve.

The fire service is an excellent career and I encourage everyone (male & female) who is looking for an opportunity to make an impact on other people’s lives to join. But this job can be tough both physically and mentally. It can also be emotionally draining at times. You will need a strong work ethic and the mindset to stay positive, be kind, and treat everyone with respect, at all times. The positives outweigh the negatives but you will need to put in the effort to reap the benefits of this rewarding career.

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Sarah is an awesome person and a great firefighter.

WOW What a fantastic story and tribute to a really awesome gal. CONGRATS ON ALL YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED

Yes girl!!

She’s always been one of my favorites. Way to go sarah

Congratulations love ya both, hope to see you all at the reunion!!

Outstanding and Congratulations!!! She is THE GOAT👩‍🚒 and I am honored to call her my friend!❤

Fresh homemade Chocolate chip cookies for her Lieutenant at 9 in the morning!!! 🤣

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