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. He lives in Hoschton with his wife Jessica who makes it possible for him to “be there” when the community needs him, and children Ava and Andrew.
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.