One Journey Ends, and Six More Begin

Posted: December 19, 2023

As of December 18, 2023, Fire Marshal Alex Onishenko has officially retired. During the December commission meeting, Alex was recognized by family and friends for his 35 years in the fire service, his last nine serving East Manatee Fire Rescue. Among other things, Alex was known for his great sense of humor, strong work ethic, and his ability to create a positive atmosphere wherever he went. Alex played a pivotal role at East Manatee Fire Rescue during his tenure and helped the department keep up with the demands of an ever-growing district. Alex will be missed by all, but we wish him the best in retirement. Congratulations Alex!!

Division Chief Alex Onishenko being recognized by Chief Lee Whitehurst.
Alex getting pinned with his retirement badge by his wife, Donna.

Following the retirement ceremony, six new personnel were sworn in as East Manatee Fire Rescue’s newest firefighters. We would like to welcome Aaron Cissell, Blake Hentges, Diana Zacher, Evan Taylor, Payton Jenkins, and Timothy Pierce to the East Manatee family.

FF Jenkins, FF Cissell, FF Hentges, FF Taylor, and FF Zacher with their family.
The new firefighter’s being sworn in by Deputy Chief Will Hall.