The second highest post at the Los Alamos County Fire Department has been filled from within by a 15-year veteran.
New Deputy Chief Justin Grider is described as a man of exemplary character, quiet confidence, dedication and humility with a generous sense of humor — a magnanimous leader — always spreading credit as widely as possible.
“Justin is truly a role model for others to follow,” Fire Chief Troy Hughes said.
Hughes chaired a selection panel for Grider’s promotion that included LAFD Operational Analyst Norma Valdez, Battalion Chief Richard Garcia, Capt. Paul Grano, Driver/Engineer Daniel Archuleta, Firefighter Cari Mace and Los Alamos National Laboratory Fire Protection Group Leader Rob Farris.