News Release

Columbia Fire Department Division Chief honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins is proud to announce that Division Chief Travis Carricato of the Columbia Fire Department was presented with a Patriot Award yesterday, July 16th by a representative from the South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, in recognition of extraordinary support of their employees serving in the South Carolina National Guard.  Carricato were nominated for being highly supportive by their employees and SC Army Guard member Specialist Eduardo Ramirez.

The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s call to serve.

Both Chief Roach and Chief Strohecker were honored to receive this award and to be nominated by a member of the Columbia Fire Department who not only serve their local communities as a firefighter but who serve their Country as Military Service Member.

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit