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Joe Jacobucci sworn in as a career lieutenant during Woodburn Fire District June 16 meeting

COURTESY PHOTO: WOODBURN FIRE DISTRICT - Woodburn Fire District Chief Joe Budge swears in 20-year veteran Joe Jacobucci as a lieutenant.Woodburn Fire District announced that Joe Jacobucci was sworn in as a lieutenant during the district's June 16 meeting.

A 20-year WFD veteran, Jacobucci's promotion follows the May 31 retirement of 19-year veteran Lt. Darin Unrein.

District officials noted that Jacobucci is one of three career lieutenants who serve as frontline supervisors, ensuring 24-hour operational readiness, managing emergency scenes, training firefighters and safeguarding district policies and procedures.

WFD lieutenants oversee district resources when the fire chief and operations chief are off duty.

"The role of lieutenant is the most important position in the fire service," WFD Chief Joe Budge said. "They ensure the district resources are used in the most efficient and effective way possible in the protection of life and property while safeguarding the firefighters under their command.

"Lt. Jacobucci has the experience, skill and proven leadership ability to perform his new duties with a high level of professionalism."

Jacobucci has been the recipient of many awards and commendations, including the Woodburn Fire District Silver Medal of Valor for lifesaving efforts following the 2008 bank bombing.

In 2006, and again in 2018, Jacobucci was named the career firefighter of the year and in 2018 he received a ribbon of merit for his work as part of a Woodburn crew deployed to the Campfire conflagration that decimated the city of Paradise, California.

Jacobucci received a letter of commendation for his work in implementing the district's peer support program, which helps firefighters cope with traumatic events. Jacobucci is an advanced emergency medical technician, holds an associate's degree in fire protection technology, and maintains many firefighting certifications.

Jacobucci and his wife, Kelly, have lived in Woodburn more than 20 years, and their daughters all graduated from Woodburn High School. Jorden Jacobucci is seeking a career in fire service and currently serves as a WFD volunteer firefighter.

Joe Jacobucci can often be found volunteering his time for Woodburn Restore, which provides donated building materials at low cost to area residents and jobs for those in need.

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