Elkin native Tim O’Toole has been promoted to captain of the Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services during a recent swearing in ceremony.
O’Toole is a 1993 graduate of Elkin High School, and went on to pursue higher education by attending Surry Community College and Appalachian State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1997.
He first began serving in his community as a middle school teacher and band director for Yadkin County Schools, and he also served as a music director for Jonesville Baptist Church. His dedication to the community continued when he began serving as a volunteer firefighter at Elkin Volunteer Fire Department in October 1998, and then he grew his service by volunteering at Jonesville Volunteer Fire Department in 2003.
This passion for the fire service led O’Toole to begin his fire service career with the city of Jacksonville at the age of 29 as a firefighter trainee. Since that time, he has obtained the rank of Firefighter I, II, III and Driver Operator I. His current rank is Driver Operator II.
In 2012, O’Toole was awarded the JFES Extrication/Rescue Award for his efforts at a vehicle accident that occurred in October of that year. He serves on the Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services Honor Guard team and has participated in many events across the state and at the National Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
O’Toole also has been recognized for his musical talents as he has been requested numerous times both locally and throughout the state to play “Taps” with his trumpet, including the late N.C. Insurance Commissioner Jim Long’s funeral and other firefighter/military funerals or ceremonies.
O’Toole holds certification as a Firefighter 2, Hazardous Materials Responder I, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Driver/Operator Pumps & Aerials, Fire Instructor II, Fire Inspector I, Fire & Life Safety Educator III, Incident Safety Officer and Fire Officer II.
In November 2015, Capt. Shelton Kinsey retired, leaving a vacancy in the operations division for a fire company officer position with Jacksonville. Applications were received and reviewed, and the candidates participated in an extensive process consisting of a writing project and a series of oral interviews.
O’Toole was selected for the promotion to captain in the operations division of JFES.