Officers

 

Randy Blandford

Assistant Chief    #420

 

Randy currently serves as Assistant Chief with the department with more than 25 years in the fire service. He first began his career in 1984 after enlisting into the United States Navy. While serving, Randy attended several naval firefighting schools that included NTTC Fleet Training Center, San Diego Ca., NTTC Treasure Island, San Francisco Ca., and NTTC Long Beach Naval Station, Long Beach Ca. where he earned certifications in Advanced Shipboard Firefighting, Aviation Firefighting and Rescue, Gas Free Engineering, Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Decontamination, and Shipboard Damage Control. Randy was stationed on board the USS Missouri BB-63 and assigned to Repair Division which spearheaded the firefighting efforts ship wide. He served as on-scene leader with the In-Port Fire Party, the At-Sea Flying Squad, and the Aircraft Crash and Rescue Team. Randy began serving the Sorgho community in 1991 and over the years he has steadily progressed thru the ranks to his current position. Randy was selected Firefighter of The Year in 1998 and 2007 and has more than 3,288 training hours. Randy is employed at nearby Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Owensboro Mill, as an operations technician and also serves as Assistant Chief with their Fire Brigade.

Charlie Rafferty

Assistant Chief    #421

 

Charlie started serving the Sorgho community in 1996 as a firefighter. After progressing through the ranks, Charlie now holds the rank of  assistant chief. In 2002, he was elected firefighter of the year. Charlie also serves as Lieutenant with the Daviess County Fire Department. Charlie has over 4,331 training hours and has over 1,460 instructor hours.  Charlie holds credentials as a career firefighter, Haz-mat Technician., Emergency Medical Technician., WMD Radiological/Nuclear Awareness Train-the-Trainer, WMD Terrorist Bombing Train-The-Trainer, ISFAC Firefighter Level I and II, ISFAC Evaluator, Level I and II, ISFAC Haz-Mat Awareness, ISFAC Haz-Mat Operations, Level I and II Fire Service Instructor, AHA CPR Instructor and is also an Instructor for KCTCS State Fire Rescue Area 3.  Charlie is the commander of the Green River Honor Guard.

 

 

 

Tyler Free

Assistant Chief    #422

 

Tyler started serving the Sorgho community in 2003 as a firefighter. Tyler has over 1392 training hours and also serves as an EMT. Tyler holds the position of Assistant Chief.  He was elected firefighter of the year in 2005, 2013 and 2015. He has received the outstanding service award in 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013. Tyler also serves the community as a Deputy Sheriff, holding the rank of corporal, with the Daviess County Sheriff Department.

Andy Offerman

Captain    #469

 

Andy started serving the Sorgho Community in 2003. Andy has progressed through the ranks and now serves as captain.  Andy received the Outstanding Service award in 2003, 2010, 2011, 2012. and in 2013.  Andy has over 1200 training hours.

Dustin Staves

Captain    #470

 

Dustin started serving the Sorgho community in 2005. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2012, and captain in 2016. Dustin has over 767 training hours and holds certifications as a Career Firefighter and Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. He is certified by the Kentucky Emergency Management Agency in Basic Search and Rescue (BSAR), and has acquired levels 100, 200, 700, and 800 in the National Incident Management System. Dustin has attended many special-topic classes throughout his career, including courses taught by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, National Fire Academy, and numerous fire departments throughout the nation. Dustin graduated from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. He is also a founding member of the Green River Firefighter Association's Honor Guard, and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Law from Kentucky Wesleyan College. Dustin has received the Outstanding Service Award in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015; as well as a Unit Citation for Life Saving award in 2015. Dustin also received the Firefighter of the Year Award in 2016.

Chris York

Captain    #471

 

Chris started serving the Sorgho community in 2002. Working his way through the ranks, Chris now holds the position of Captain. Chris has over 4073 training hours and over 2494 instructor hours.

Mike Russelburg

Lieutenant    #476

 

Mike started serving the Sorgho community in 1995. Mike has progressed through the ranks and now holds the position of Lieutenant.

 

 

Bill Sturges

Lieutenant    #477

 

Bill started serving the Sorgho community in 2005. Bill is also an EMT and works part-time with Yellow Ambulance. Bill holds the position of Lieutenant. Bill also serves as an EMT and Medical Officer. Bill was elected Firefighter of the year in 2008. Bill holds certificates for ISFAC Firefighter I and II, ISFAC Haz-Mat Operations and he is also a Fire Instructor I. Bill has over 1,240 training hours and over 155 instructor hours.

Ethan Board

Lieutenant    #478

 

Ethan joined the Airport-Sorgho Fire Department in 2011. Ethan has over 1603 training hours and an associate’s degree in fire science/rescue. Ethan is a firefighter with the Owensboro Fire Department, and part time EMT with Yellow Ambulance. He also serves on the Green River Honor Guard. Ethan is a Fire Instructor I.

Josh Sexton

Lieutenant    #479

 

Josh was promoted to lieutenant in 2016, and also is a career firefighter with the Owensboro Fire Department.

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