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In one of his first acts as fire chief, James Breen promoted three firefighters last week including the commander who is going to replace him in Albuquerque’s busiest district.

Brian Sanchez will now command AFD’s District 2, which is responsible for fire coverage on the city’s Southeast Side and gets more calls than any other district.

Breen had commanded the district for several years before he was promoted Dec. 1 to Fire Chief by Mayor Richard J. Berry.

“Brian is a good firefighter and will serve this city well,” Breen said. “It was an honor that he was one of the first firefighters I promoted.”

Sanchez was born in Albuquerque and is a 1991 graduate of Valley High School. He has been an Albuquerque Firefighter since 1995 and spent his career assigned to various fire stations throughout the city.

Breen’s other promotions include Kenny Holcomb, who was made a captain in AFD’s Technical Support Division, and Sean Elks, who was promoted to lieutenant and will float from station to station.

Holcomb was born in Albuquerque and is a St. Pius X High School graduate. After high school he earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of New Mexico. He has been an Albuquerque firefighter since 1994 and spent seven years assigned to numerous stations within District 1.

In 2001, Holcomb was recruited to the Technical Services Support Division because of his extensive experience with computers and will remain there with his new rank.

Elks was born in Albuquerque and is a Valley High School graduate. He spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and earned the rank of Sergeant. He has been an Albuquerque firefighter since 2000 and was assigned to the downtown area (stations 1, 2 and 4) for most of his career.

“Kenny and Sean are hard workers,” Breen said. “I have no doubt they will continue their outstanding work ethic in their new positions.”

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