The Bethel-Tate Fire Department Staff.
Meet the people who protect and serve our community. Listed alphabetically
Phil Becker, Lieutenant
Firefighter II – EMT – Fire Inspector – Asst. Fire Instructor
Education: High School Bethel Tate ‘87
College Olivet Nazarene University ’87-‘88
Mt. Vernon Nazarene University ’88-‘90
Bethel Tate Fire Dept.Began as a volunteer in ‘93
Hired full-time in ‘04
Promoted to Lieutenant in ‘13
Phil is a single father of a son, Seth. Phil spends his off days and all of his vacation days to attend Seth’s sporting events.
Started in the fire service in 1984 in California. I had joined Orange Co Fire Dept as a paid per call firefighter. The dept put me through some mini academy training’s. My crew was a hand crew (Crew 50) which fought wild land fires. We also helped the investigation teams on structure fires and did some clean up. After about 3 years I moved closer to a first responding station (25) in Midway City. We would respond to the station and would take the engine to all emergencies in the area. We were backed up by a full-time station out of Stanton, and Mutual aid with Westminster. I attended Santa Ana College and received my Degree in Public Fire Service and attended the 73rd basic fire academy which went on for about 3 months. After graduation I secured a position with the Santa Ana Fire Dept as a reserve firefighter. This dept also put me through a mini training academy. This meant that I was the 4th person on a truck. I had the opportunity to work from both engines and tiller style ladder trucks. Both departments were very busy and I feel my experiences there are priceless. Later we moved to Ohio near family where I started volunteering again. I obtained my EMT certification, then Paramedic as well as 240 fire certification. I worked with Miami Twp. for about 9 years, Milford for 2 yrs, and Salem for 1. In the mean time I also worked for Bethel-Tate part-time for a year until I gained a full time position almost 10 years ago. On my days off I help provide for my family as a State licensed plumbing contractor. When I do have a break to relax, motorcycle riding and fishing are my go to activities.
Chris Cooper, Captain
Graduated from Bethel-Tate High School 1990.
Graduated from Cincinnati Technical College 1992 with Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
May, 1991 – Joined Bethel-Tate Fire Department Volunteer Firefighter.
Summer 2002 – Received EMT-Basic certification.
January, 2003 – Became a Full Time Firefighter with the Department.
Fall 2003 – Received Certified Fire Safety Inspector certification.
June 2004 – Received EMT-Advance certification.
June, 2005 – Promoted to EMS Lieutenant.
January, 2007 – Rank changed to Lieutenant.
February 2013 – Promoted to Captain.
2002 – Current: Part time Firefighter/ EMT-Advance with the Washington Township Fire Rescue, Moscow, Ohio
Enjoy camping & spending time with my wife, Deanne and two daughters, Anneliese & Carynne.
Randy Griffith, I joined the Bethel-Tate Fire Dept. in 1991 as a volunteer. Became a Firefighter II and an EMT-Basic in 2003, also began working part-time/volunteer in 2003. I am married to Kim Griffith for 29 years. 2 daughters, 1 son-in-law and 5 Grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy camping, Nascar and spending time with my family. I graduated from Georgetown High school in 1985.
David Long, Assistant Chief
1982 – Joined Bethel-Tate Fire Department as a Cadet
1983 – Graduated High School and promoted to rank of Reserve Fireman
1984 – Promoted to Regular Fireman
1985 – Hired Part Time with the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department
1986 – Married Virginia (Ginny) Corbin (Long)
1987 – Hired as Dispatcher for Bethel Dispatch Center
1988 – Promoted to Full Time with LSFD, 240 FF , Fire Safety Inspector , EMT-B , Scuba Diver Certified, One of the Founding members of Task Force One Rescue Team. Was Awarded “Firefighter Of The Year” By LSFD.
1989 – Hire Part Time with the Maineville Fire Department
1991 – Hired As Full Time Firefighter / Engineer
1995 – Hire Part Time With the Bethel-Tate Joint Ambulance Dist.
1996 – Son Trenton Davis Long was born
1998 – Promoted to Lieutenant
1999 – Daughter Savannah Marie Long was born
2001 – Promoted to Captain
2004 – EMT-Intermediate Certified
2006 – Hired Part Time with the Pierce Township Fire Department
2013 – Promoted to Assistant Chief
2015 – Presently awaiting “Retirement” with Chief Stowell
Rich Moeckel is a certified Paramedic, Level II Firefighter, Fire Inspector and has specialized training in Rope Rescue, Hazardous Materials, Fire Investigation, And Confined Space Rescue.
Rich began his career in public safety at the age of 15 as police Explorer with the Bethel Police Department. Rich later joined the Bethel-Tate Joint Ambulance District at the age of 17 as a Cadet. He graduated from Bethel-Tate High School and received his EMT certification in 1998. While working part-time as an EMT in 1999, Rich attended the Fire Science program at Hocking College. In 2001 Rich began his professional full-time career with the Bethel-Tate Joint Ambulance District and began working part-time for the Pierce Township Fire Department. Rich completed an intense 700 hour paramedic training program through TriHealth Bethesda North Hospital in 2003 and was hired full-time by the Bethel-Tate Fire Department. In 2004 Rich switched to Part-time status with the Bethel-Tate Fire Department and accepted a full-time firefighter position with the Central Joint Fire-EMS District. Rich spent 8 years full-time with the Central Joint Fire-EMS District. In 2012 Rich accepted a full-time position as a Fire Inspector for General Electric Aviation.
Rich lives in Tate Township with his wife and four children, and proudly continues to serve on a part-time basis with the Bethel-Tate Fire Department and Pierce Township Fire Department.
Born and raised in Hillsboro Ohio, 2000 graduate of Hillsboro High School and Scarlet Oaks Fire/EMS Academy. Started out at Hillsboro Fire Department as the department’s one and only cadet my 7th grade year of school. Upon graduation, placed on HFD as an offical volunteer firefighter/EMT. Later that same year, obtained my first full-time job with the City of Monroe Fire Department in Butler County. However, I continued to live and volunteer in Hillsboro. In 2005, I left Monroe for a long-awaited full time job with my hometown. I worked for Hillsboro Fire Department until right before it’s closing in 2013. I started teaching with the Bethel-Tate Fire Department in 2009, was hired part-time in 2010 and received full time in 2013. This is by far the best fire department I have ever worked for and I feel privileged and honored to call these men and women and this department my family and home. I married my beautiful wife Laurie in 2009, later that same year, we bought a house and moved to her hometown of Wilmington where we currently reside. Just some of my training includes…..Firefighter II, Paramedic, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, Fire Officer I, Farm Rescue Instructor, Rope Rescue Tech, Haz-Mat.
I Joined the dept Jan 6, 1985 as a fire cadet. I became a Volunteer FF in 88 and promoted to Career FF in 1991 where I continue to serve today.
In 1994 I was certified as an EMT, and as a Paramedic in 2004.
I have Served as a Lt at BTFD & Capt at WTFR.
I am married to Erica and together we are raising two boys. Our family raises animals on a small farm.
During my time off I enjoy hunting, fishing, reading and building things by hand.
Sean O’Neil, Lieutenant
I have been a member of BTFD since 1993 when I joined as a cadet at the age of 14. After I graduated high school, I moved up to a paid per call status which I remained until I was hired full-time in 2003. In 2009 I was promoted to my current rank of Lieutenant. I currently hold a State of Ohio Firefighter II certification, Paramedic certification, and Fire Inspector certification. I have been trained to the technician level in Hazmat, Rope Rescue, and Trench Rescue.
My wife and I have two wonderful children who I spend as much time as I can with when I am not at the station.
I have been in the service since 2001. I started out my career at BTJAD and transitioned across to the BTFD in 2003. I worked as FT with BTFD for two years and dropped to PT when my kids were little and took some college courses. I have been a member of BTFD since 2003. Hired back into the service FT with PTFD in 2009, became a Lieutenant with PTFD in 2013. National Registered Paramedic since 2003. I have my rope tech certification, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor certifications. I have started my own private ambulance transport service with my husband, honorary member Art Owens, in Georgetown OH.
When I am not working we try to camp with family and friends. Hobbies are photography, keeping my kids happy, and THE Ohio State Football!!
I joined the Bethel-Tate fire Department in 2004 as a cadet while attending school at the Bethel-Tate high school, became a firefighter in 2009, currently I have my paramedic certification from the University of Cincinnati Clermont campus and my fire inspector. I currently work full-time for Washington township fire and rescue and part-time for Pierce township, Bethel-Tate and Prestige Patient Transport. My biggest hobby is model railroading.
Richard A. Stowell, Chief
Born April 22, 1961 to my parents, Richard and Lou and grew up in Bethel my entire life. Joined the fire department as a Fire Cadet August 1978 while a senior in high school and also worked at Lories Market as a stock boy and working at the meat counter. Learned how to cut meat while employed at Lories. Graduated from Bethel-Tate in 1979, became a regular volunteer fireman and got a part-time meat cutting job at Kroger in Montgomery after my day job at Lories. Did that for 2 years, then was hired as a full-time meat cutter at Bethel IGA, leaving Lories and Kroger. While working at IGA, John Munafo would let me leave work to make fire runs during the day, which back in the early 1980’s, we only had 2 or 3 firemen who was around during the day. I was promoted to Lt. in 1987, left Bethel IGA after being hired as a full-time firefighter by Tate Township in March 1991, promoted to Captain in 1996, and appointed by the Tate Township Trustees as full-time Fire Chief Jan 1, 2001. I am the oldest active firefighter on the department, feels like just a few years ago I was the youngest. I’ve been married to my wife Debbie (Crumpton) Stowell for 34 years, have one daughter, Kristen (Wilson) and a grandson Parker, who is more than likely going to carry on the family tradition of being a firefighter. I have less than 2 years until I’m eligible for retirement. Certifications through the State of Ohio are Firefighter II, Fire Inspector, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, and Hazmat Tech. I’ve been on the department a total of 36 1/2 years, 24 years full-time.
I started in the fire service in 2003 when I was 14 as a Cadet on the Felicity Franklin Fire Department where i ran volunteer. I became certified firefighter in 2007 and Became certified EMT basic in 2008. I was on Felicity Franklin Fire Dept. for 10 yrs. I Currently work for Bethel Tate . I also work at Washington Twp. Fire and rescue and Mt. Orab fire dept which i work part-time for all. I have been in doing this for 12yrs; 4yrs which were cadet years. I am a 240 firefighter, EMT Basic, fire inspector, fire instructor, Rope rescue tech, Juvenile fire setter instructor, Basic fire investigation, CPR instructor , soon to be a medic. I graduated from Felicity Franklin in 2008 and Grant Vocational school in 2008 where I took Auto Tech. My hobbies I enjoy doing when I am not working at the fire house is building demolition derby cars, watching Nascar, baseball and football and doing mechanic work.
Jamie joined the Bethel-Tate Fire Department in May 2014 and is currently a part-time Firefighter/Paramedic. Jamie has over 19 years in the fire service. He began his fire service career as a volunteer in 1995 as a cadet with Owensville Fire & Rescue and became certified as a 36 hour volunteer firefighter in 1998. Throughout the years he has furthered his education in the Fire and EMS service. Jamie currently holds the certifications of Firefighter II, Paramedic and CE Instructor in the State of Ohio. He is also certified in ACLS, PALS, CPR, Hazmat (operations level) and Ice Rescue Technician.
Jamie attended Clermont Northeastern and graduated in 1998. He also attended the paramedic program at the University of Cincinnati and graduated in June 2013.
Currently Jamie also works part-time for Miami Township Fire & EMS, West Chester Fire Department and City of Fairfield Fire Department and is part time / volunteer for Williamsburg Township Emergency Services.
Jamie has been married to his wife Liz for 12 years. Together they have three daughters Skylar, Kaylee and Adalyn. In his free time, Jamie enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys playing softball and basketball.