Chief Prather was raised in a "firefighting family" bringing over 33 years of experience to CherokeeCounty. At the young age of thirteen, he began participating in the Volunteer Rescue Unit in Pickens alongside his father. At age fifteen, he joined the Jasper Volunteer Firefighters again to work alongside and under the direct supervision of his dad. During his senior year, in the Spring of 1977, he signed up to join the United States Marine Corps. After graduating high school, he worked a short period of four months as a career firefighter with Jasper FD and then he departed for his service in the USMC. He served most of his tour at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Gound Combat in California where he worked as a structure firefighter with the base fire department until his "honorable" discharge in September 1980. In 1982 he returned and served the USMC Reserves at Dobbins AFD in Marietta until 1990.
Upon discharge from active duty, from 1980 to 1987, Chief Prather worked in "law enforcement" with the Jasper Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff's Dept. and finally Pickens County Sheriff's Dept. During this period of time, Chief Prather maintained membership with the Jasper Volunteer Dept. and the Pickens Rescue Unit. In 1987, Chief Prather graduated from ReinhardtCollege with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. In 1990, he was a founding member of the Bethany-Salem Fire Dept. in PickensCounty and served several years as Chairman of the Pickens County Fire Chief Association. Chief Prather was also a "part time" employee with the Pickens County Ambulance Service for several years.
In February 1987, Chief Prather began his career with CherokeeCounty as a firefighter with the Oak Grove Fire Dept. at Station-1. He received his EMT Certification in 1988. He progressed through the ranks of "Senior Man" (Sgt. today), Lieutenant and Captain over the next 18 years or so. He was instrumental in developing and delivering fire apparatus "pumping operations" for many years. He served and was well known in the community as a CPR Instructor during his assignment at Station-20 delivering training to the citizens. In May 2006, Chief Prather accepted the appointment to the position of Divisions Chief of Operations and in 2008 appointed to Assistant Fire Chief of Department.
Chief Prather is proud to have served CherokeeCounty for over 25 years and is dedicated in continuing to provide the citizens of CherokeeCounty the best Fire & Emergency Medical Services. This service delivery is accomplished through the elite group of young men and women also dedicated to the preservation of life and property and "proud to serve" and "second to none"!
After high school Chief Robinson joined the United States Army, where he served his country, and subsequently joined the United States Army Reserve where he became a Drill Sergeant. With over 20 years of combined service, he retired as First Sergeant in late 2002.
Chief Robinson was awarded countless letters of commendation and appreciation. He is proud to display 23 service ribbons to include: The Drill Sergeant Badge, Meritorious Service Award and Governorâ€™s Unit Citation for Outstanding Service during and after Hurricane Hugo.
Chief Robinson began his fire service career in 1979 volunteering in his home town of Rock Hill, South Carolina. His service with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services began in 1994 and in 2001 was promoted to Safety Officer; then later promoted again to Administrative Captain Safety Officer. In 2011 Chief Robinson, with a combined 20+ years of fire experience, was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief.
Chief Robinson has served his community in countless capacities. A graduate of Leadership Cherokee he went on to serve on the Steering Committee where he became chair person in 2008. He also has served as Lead Advisor for Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services Explorer Post 469, a youth group sanctioned under the Learning for Life program of the Boy Scouts of America. This Explorer Post has received countless awards from annual competitions under his direction, and they too dedicate numerous hours of service to the community and citizens of Cherokee County. His love for the firefighter "brotherhood" fuels his desire and dedication to the creative and innovative development of current and future professional firefighters.
Chief Robinson and his wife Lorie have two children, a daughter Candace and a son Kenny who is currently serving the county as a cadet firefighter. In addition Chief Robinson has three grandchildren, Kody, Sadie and Macy. They currently reside in Canton, Ga.
In 1986, Chief Erdely relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where he currently resides. Prior to joining Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services, he obtained his EMT Certification at Chattahoochee Technical College.
Chief Erdely began his fire service career in 1992 volunteering for the Forsyth County Fire Department. His career with Cherokee County Fire amp; Emergency Services began in May 1995. He worked his way through the ranks to the position of Battalion Chief in 2005 and then to his current position in 2013. Chief Erdely is now charged with the day to day field operations of the department.
Chief Erdely has been married to his wife, Wendy, for 27 years. They have one son, AJ, and one daughter, Nikki, both of whom attend college out-of-state.
Chief Gibson was born in Annapolis Maryland, after graduating high school in 1982 he joined the United States Marine Corps and after serving proudly was honorably discharged in 1988. Chief Gibson worked for multiple national companies as a transportation and logistics specialist until he relocated to Cherokee County in 1999. While living in Woodstock and working for The Home Depot he was made aware of openings at Cherokee County Fire and was excited by the prospect of a new career and making a difference in the community.
Chief Gibson joined Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services in 2001 and graduated at the top of his recruit class. He worked at multiple fire stations throughout the County and achieved the rank of Sergeant in 2003. In 2007, he interviewed for the position of Fire Inspector and worked in that capacity until 2010 when he was promoted to the rank of Captain/Deputy Fire Marshal. Chief Gibson is certified as a Firefighter, EMT-I, Fire Inspector, and nationally recognized as an NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist.
Mr. Botts has over 32 years of government service. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in 1977. His USAF career included training and assignments as an Inventory Management Specialist and as a Supply Systems Specialist. Mr. Botts was also selected for and successfully completed the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Academy, where he received his badge and credentials as a Special Agent with AFOSI. He conducted criminal, fraud and counterintelligence investigations, as well as protective services operations (PSO) for high ranking dignitaries. Mr. Botts was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and was relocated to AFOSI's Procurement Fraud Unit, Smyrna, GA, as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge. He retired in 2001.
In 1994, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the College of Santa Fe, NM.