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My name is Debora R. Lewis. Happily married for nine years with no children unless you count my two pets, a five-year-old American Bulldog named Murphy and a six-year-old cat named Cracker. I am originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, but currently live in Beaufort, SC. I joined the United States Marine Corps directly out of high school in 1976 and served proudly for 20 years before retiring at Parris Island as a 1stSgt. The Marines showed me the world as a motor transport chief, but I can honestly say my two tours as a drill instructor, were the most rewarding. OOH RAH!
Immediately on retirement from the Corps, Burton Fire & Rescue (the greatest department in SC) hired me as a full time firefighter. I now have 13 years on the job and serve as the Captain/Shift Commander of Shift 1. I am currently enrolled in EKU’s B.S. in Fire Safety & Engineering Technology degree program. After graduation, I intend on completing the National Fire Academy’s EFO program.
My department operates with 42 paid firefighters in five stations working 48/96 hour shifts. Our three shifts protect a population of 30,000 and our response area is 83 square miles.
When I am off duty, I enjoy playing softball, riding my Harley, and relaxing at home with my family. For those who may not know, Beaufort is a coastal city one hour south of Charleston, SC and about one hour north of Savannah, GA. I am very near Hilton Head and Bluffton, SC. As I originally hail from the great state of Michigan, I am a huge Wolverine fan! GO BLUE! I am also a die-hard Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, and Detroit Pistons fan...Detroit City Rocks!
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