On March 29, 2023, two promotions took place within the Troy Fire Department. Congratulations to both of these exceptional leaders, and thank you for your continued service to our community.
Promoted to Rank of Assistant Chief: Donald Pemberton
Donald Pemberton, a Miami East High School graduate, began his career volunteering with the Casstown Fire Department alongside his father. Assistant Chief Pemberton joined the Troy Fire Department in 1995. He attended the Ohio Fire Academy, obtaining his Fire Fighter I and II certifications and EMT-B Certification, then graduated from the Upper Valley EMS education program in 1996. He was promoted to Platoon Commander in 2011 and currently serves as a Fire Safety Inspector. Assistant Chief Pemberton has completed his Fire Officer I, II, III, and IV certifications, along with technical rescue disciplines.
Assistant Chief Pemberton and his wife of 29 years, Karen, have two children, Seth and Evan, and one grandchild with another on the way.
Promoted to Rank of Platoon Commander: Andrew Vonderembse
Andrew Vonderembse graduated from Wayne High School in 1996 and earned an associate’s degree in Psychology from Sinclair Community College before earning his Fire and EMT certifications. He began working for the Moraine Fire Department in March of 2002 while completing his Paramedic Certification through Sinclair.
Platoon Commander Vonderembse joined the Troy Fire Department in April 2004 and later earned a second associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Services / Fire Science. He has a Fire Officer I certification and has served as one of the department’s Rescue Task Force Leaders and as Bike Medic Team Manager.
Platoon Commander Vonderembse and his wife Angie have been married for 16 years and have two boys, Aiden and Asher.