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Posted on: February 6, 2024

Derby Fire & Rescue Promotes Gasaway, Sterrett

Fire Station 81

Fire Chief John Turner is proud to announce the promotion of Lieutenant Kyle Gasaway to Fire Captain and the promotion of Firefighter Chad Sterrett to Lieutenant.Kyle Gasaway

Capt. Gasaway, who has worked for Derby for almost nine years, is assigned to C-Shift and is responsible for the operation of both Fire Station #81 and #82 during his assigned duty days. Lt. Sterrett was hired in 2015 and served as a volunteer in Rose Hill before joining Derby. He will serve as the Lieutenant on B-Shift at Fire Station #81. 

Capt. Gasaway has had an accomplished career, earning the Medal of Merit for rescuing a man in a 2017 Derby house fire. In 2019, he was recognized as the VFW State Firefighter of the Year for his heroic efforts in rescuing a woman from a submerged vehicle just before it was completely submerged.

Capt. Gasaway has been an active member of the fire service community, volunteering and serving as a duty officer for more than six years in Mulvane. He is one of two Derby firefighters who are nationally deployable search and rescue task force members, serving as a squad officer in the April 2022 Andover tornado. He also serves as a task force leader for the Kansas Wildland Task Force and has served on several deployments.

A graduate of Derby High School, Capt. Gasaway holds an associates degree in fire science from Butler County Community College. He holds numerous professional certifications, including a Wildland Red Card, Certified Fire Investigator, Technical Search Specialist, Swift Water Technician, among others.

“I’m excited for Capt. Gasaway and the department,” said Chief Turner. “The candidate field was amazing, and it was a rigorous and highly competitive promotion process. Capt. Gasaway has proven himself at every opportunity and his passion, commitment, and positivity are infectious.”

Lt. Sterrett wasChad Sterrett honored with the department’s inaugural Chuck Fields Award at the annual awards banquet last year. The Chuck Fields Award is voted on by the firefighters, recognizing the member who best represents the culture of Derby Fire & Rescue.

Over the past two years, Lt. Sterrett has dedicated himself to developing and sharing his skills and knowledge in preparation for the new Truck #81. He attended the Fire Department Training Network in Indianapolis, successfully completing Truck Operations II. He holds an associates degree in fire science from Hutchinson Community College.

Lt. Sterrett is a leader for the Derby Fire & Rescue team in the annual 110-story stair climb in remembrance of 9/11. In addition to logging over 300 training hours this past year, he has actively contributed to live burn training at a regional fire school for the last three years.

“It’s a great opportunity when you can promote leaders within the organization,” said Chief Turner. “Lt. Sterrett is very driven not only in improving himself but also in bringing members along with him. We are looking forward to seeing him succeed in his new role.”

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