Three firefighters have been promoted by Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Chief Shauwn Howell, according to a news release.


A promotion ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Training Facility.


Lieutenant Cathy Braswell, a 20-year veteran of the fire department, became the first female firefighter in Pine Bluff when the department hired her in 1997, and with this promotion, she has now made department history by being the first female promoted to the rank of lieutenant.


A graduate of the former Delta High School in Rohwer, Braswell is also a 1992 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a Bachelor of Science degree in business/office administration. Additionally, she is a 2006 graduate of Southeast Arkansas College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in fire science technology.


She is certified in instructor I, drivers operations and numerous other fire-related certifications. She is also a nationally-registered emergency medical technician. Professional affiliations include the Fraternal Order of Firefighters and B.R.A.V.E. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is also in her 16th year as a substitute teacher for the Pine Bluff School District.


Married to Howard Braswell, Braswell is the mother of Randy Moore Jr. and Amberly Braswell Kitrell. She has three grandchildren, Jaylen, Raphael and Karter.


Engineer Joseph Moring, a four-year department veteran, is a 2013 graduate of American Military University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in transportation and logistics management. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in organizational leadership (fire and EMS) online through Waldorf University. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp serving time in both Iraq and Afghanistan.


Moring is a certified emergency medical technician instructor, hazardous materials technician, CPR Instructor, fire instructor and has certificates in various advanced rescue courses. Moring is a member of the Fraternal Order of Firefighters, International Association of Firefighters, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.


He also volunteers his time as a member of Grant County Search and Rescue and Grant County Dive Team. He and his girlfriend of three years, Elizabeth Lavender, have two children.


Engineer Chris D. Geiggar is a four-year veteran with the department. He graduated from the Arkansas Fire Academy, where he received his firefighter I, firefighter II, driver operator, wildland, and HazMat operations and awareness training. Geiggar is a nationally-certified emergency medical technician.


He has taken many continuing education and training courses related to Fire and Emergency Services, including fire instructor I and leadership I, II and III. Geiggar is a Pine Bluff native. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 2009 and continued his education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he studied Criminal Justice.


Professional affiliations include the Fraternal Order of Firefighters and B.R.A.V.E. Geiggar is the son of Vickie Conaway and Rickey Geiggar. He is a member of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church.