The Bartlesville City Council, Bartlesville Fire Department and Westside Community Center officially recognized two BFD employees during a regularly scheduled council meeting Monday in conjunction with a proclamation supporting national Black History Month in February.
BFD Capt. Broderick Guise was recognized for his recent promotion to captain. He is the first African American to hold the position with the department. Additionally, Administrative Assistant Beverly Robinson was recognized as the first African American employed with BFD. Both were given plaques by Westside Community Center Executive Director Lorront Carney on behalf of the WCC.
“Ms. Robinson has been a trailblazer as being the first African American employee of the Fire Department of Bartlesville,” Carney said in addressing Robinson. “So on behalf of the Westside Community Center and Black History Month, we’d like to present this plaque to you.”
“On behalf of the Westside Community Center and the City of Bartlesville, we would like to present this (plaque) to you by being … not only the first official African American firefighter but also (the first) promoted to captain.” Carney said.
“The uniqueness of this presentation is that (Robinson and Guise) are mother and son,” he said.
Fire Chief John Banks called the occasion a “historical date for the Bartlesville Fire Department,” removing the driver’s pin from Guise’s shirt and replacing it with a captain’s pin.
“Feb. 1, 2020 will stand as the date that the City of Bartlesville promoted the first African American to the rank of Captain with the Bartlesville Fire Department,” Banks said. “On a personal note, I’ve known Broderick and many members of his family for years. I’ve watched this young man grow up and have no doubt in my mind that he’s going to do an excellent job for the Fire Department and for the community that we serve.”
Robinson joined the BFD as an administrative assistant in 1981. She offices at Central Fire Station, located at 601 S. Johnstone Ave. in downtown Bartlesville.