Some recent retirements in the Collierville Fire Department created opportunities for career advancement within the ranks. Sam Spires and Eric Hardaway were promoted from driver to lieutenant/paramedic. Jeff Segerson and Bobby Echlin were promoted from firefighter to driver/EMT. All four have broad experience in fire services with the CFD and from other agencies.
Lt. Eric Hardaway is a 24-year veteran of the CFD. He served as a firefighter/Paramedic for over six years and a driver/paramedic for over 16 years. In addition to his many years of experience, Hardaway holds two associates of Applied Sciences degrees from Southwest Tennessee Community College, one in Fire Science and the other in Emergency Medical Technology. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1988-1996.
Lt. Sam Spires started his career in fire services early. Sam’s father was a captain with the Oak Ridge Fire Department and Sam went to the Fire Station with his dad on weekends doing chores around the firehouse and occasionally riding on calls. After graduating high school Sam attended Emergency Medical Technician school and went to work full time for the Oak Ridge Fire Department. He obtained his paramedic license from Roane State Community College in 2003 and started a career with the CFD in 2004.
Driver/Paramedic Jeff Segerson began his career in fire service with the CFD in 2008 as a firefighter/EMT. In his first years with the CFD, he recognized the value that paramedics offer to the community so he pursued the necessary training, and earned the Paramedic license. In addition to his paramedic training Jeff pursued other rescue type training opportunities and was selected to join the Urban Search and Rescue Team, Tennessee Task Force One which is one of only 28 such teams in the US. He was deployed with Task Force One in 2017 to Houston following Hurricane Harvey.
Driver/Paramedic Bobby Echlin began his career in fire services in 2000 as a Reserve Firefighter with the Millington Fire Department. About a year later he became part-time with Millington and in an effort to expand his opportunities he also worked as a reserve firefighter with the CFD while part-time at Millington. He eventually became full-time with Millington and served there for thirteen years. In 2013, he took an opportunity to join the CFD.