Chief Ben Stephens
Ben joined the West Jackson Fire Department in 2002 after moving to the area from Atlanta that same year. He started out as a volunteer firefighter to serve the community and meet people. Ben was hired full time as an FAO/EMT in 2005, and was promoted to Captain that same year. Ben was appointed Fire Chief by the Fire Board in 2007. Ben is a veteran of the United State Marine Corps and continues serving as a member of the Albert Gordon American Legion Post in Jefferson, GA. Ben enjoys History, visiting lighthouses and working on old Studebakers.
Chief Stephens is a Fire Instructor, NPQ Evaluator, and teaches Honor Guard for the Georgia Fire Academy.
Chief Stephens’ Personal Awards:
Medal for Bravery – 2006
Civic Recognition Medal – 2007
Longevity Medal (3rd Award) – 2017
Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal – 2015, 2016, 2017
Current Fire Marshal Shannon Martin has been the Department’s Fire Marshal since August of 2017. She has been a member of the department for almost 8 years and previously served as a Fire Apparatus Operator and Advance Emergency Medical Technician on shift at this department. She maintains these certifications as well as those needed for the Fire Prevention bureau. She is a CPR instructor and Fire/Life Safety Educator I. She is also an active member of the Bike Team.
Maria Pichowsky is Fire Prevention Specialist