l Shift 3 - City of Beaufort, South Carolina

Shift 3

Battalion Supervisor Captain Lawrence DeLoach

Captain DeLoach, a Beaufort native, was born August 07, 1965.  He is the 5th child of his father retired Marine Corps Sargent Major William B. DeLoach and mother Nelle C. DeLoach.  He graduated from Battery Creek high school in 1983.  In 1981 he began to be mentored by his name sake, retired Marine Corps Master Sargent Lawrence H. Nelson, on the repair and maintenance of outboard motors.  He continued to do this until October of 1989 when Mr. Nelson passed away.  He continues to operate the repair business Mr. Nelson started since then to the present. 

 Captain DeLoach married his wife Susan Bessinger DeLoach in March 28, 1992 and has two children, Hudson who is 12 and Tucker who is 10.  He enjoys coaching Tuckers Baseball team, assisting with coaching his Football team and year round his Olympic weight lifting team.  He enjoys Hudson’s stories of Strategy and Tactics of city building and war games.   His other hobbies include restoring old Mustangs. 

Captain DeLoach started his career with the Beaufort Fire Department on August 28, 1995.  He immediately took an interest in assisting with the maintenance of fire apparatus and power tools.   After five years with the department he assumed to the role of Fire Department Maintenance Officer and its responsibilities, often acting as the mechanic and the manager.

After climbing through the ranks from Firefighter Recruit to Firefighter III, he had the opportunity to test for Lieutenant, Shift officer and earned that rank in September of 2001.  His awards include Dedication and Valor in the Line of Duty and a Commendation Letter for Dedication and Valor.   Captain DeLoach completed Fire Officer I through the South Carolina Fire Academy, Fire Officer II through Alabama Fire Collage and Fire Instructor One through Maryland Fire Safety Institute.  He National Fire Academy Alumni, having completed Effective Leadership Skills for Fire and EMS Organizations, Communications for Emergency Services Success and a regional delivery National Fire Academy course on Command and Control of Target Hazards. 

Captain DeLoach performed his duties as a Shift Supervising Lieutenant for 10 years, beginning in 2001, before being promoted to his current position as a Battalion Captain.

Station Supervisor Lieutenant Gary Guldner

Lieutenant Gary E. Guldner was born in Palmerton, PA and grew up in the small town of Bowmanstown.  He attended Palmerton Area High School where he participated in the International Studies Program and graduated in the top 10% of his class in 1983.  He lettered four years in baseball and was selected to the All Region All-Star team his senior year.  During his senior year, he entered into the United State Marine Corps delayed entry program.

In January 1984, he left for Marine Corps “boot” camp at Parris Island, South Carolina. In March he graduated from basic training and was selected as the Honor Graduate for Series 2028, Delta Company, at which time he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of PFC. He then went back to the Palmerton Area and served as a Recruiters Assistant until departing for his basic schooling.  In June he left for  Courthouse Bay, Camp LeJeune, NC where he studied to be a Heavy Equipment Diesel Mechanic (MOS 1341).

In September, upon completion of his basic schooling, he was assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. During this period he was selected Marine of the Quarter and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. In October he was temporarily assigned to Naval Air Station Barbers Point where he played an integral part in establishing a temporary airfield while the airfield at Kaneohe Bay was shut down for repairs.  In January 1985 he was transferred to 1st  BSSG-1, Kaneohe Bay Hawaii.  While at BSSG-1, he worked as a 3rd/5th  echelon repair/rebuild technician. From January 1985 to December 1986 Gary was assigned to a Combat Ready Storage Program(CRSP), Naval Station Pearl Harbor.  His duties were that of overseeing 300 pieces of equipment, ensuring they were combat ready to be loaded onto ships at a moments notice in the event of a global conflict.

In January 1987, he was re-assigned to CSSD-23, 2nd FSSG, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.  While serving at CSSD-23, he attended Non-Commissioned Officers School at Camp LeJeune, NC and graduated at the top of his class.  In September he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal. After his promotion to Corporal, he was assigned as NCO of Quality Control/Quality Assurance at CSSD-23.  He served with CSSD-23 until he was honorably discharged in June of 1991. 

Gary volunteered with the Beaufort Fire Department for a year before being hired as a career Firefighter in 1991.  He was promoted up through the ranks until he became a Lieutenant in 1999. His duties included that of being the maintenance officer responsible for apparatus fleet maintenance.  He attended Waterous Fire Pump training in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN and Allison DDEC II & III Transmission School in Atlanta, GA. In 2005 he left the fire department to take a Captain’s position with Wackenhut Services Incorporated at Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq.  He served a yr. with Wackenhut as Logistics/Fleet Maintenance Manager.  He returned to the City of Beaufort in 2006 as a FFII and worked his way back up through the ranks until he was promoted to Lieutenant in September 2010.

His awards include Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), Meritorious unit Commendation (MUC), Navy Unit Commendation (NUC), National Defense Ribbon, Letter of Commendation, FF of the Year 1996 and Congressional Fire Service Award. Gary has two sons, Mark (22) and Matthew (20).


Station Supervisor Lieutenant Joshua Doud











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