Staff Members

Command Staff

Chief Russ Frazier
Russ Frazier, MD

Dr. Russ Frazier is a native of Knoxville, TN, a graduate of The University  of Tennessee with a degree in Psychology, earned his Doctor of Medicine from The University of TN Memphis and completed one year in a Trauma residency followed by four years in Anesthesia at UT Medical Center.  Dr. Frazier joined KVERS in 1984 and has extensive training in the field of emergency medicine.  He practices medicine at Methodist Medical Center where he also serves as the group’s President. He has served on various boards and volunteered with many community groups.  As the SWAT Tactical Physician for Knox County Sheriff’s Department, he received the medal of valor for outstanding performance in emergency situations.  Dr. Frazier has served as the Chief of KCR since 2012 and is dedicated to providing Knox County with the highest level of emergency rescue services. He has been married to his wife, Kim,  since 1996 and they have two sons.

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Mohamed Abbas
Battalion Chief, Operations

Mohamed Abbas is a Firefighter, Volunteer Rescue Technician, and currently serves in the role of Operations Battalion Chief at Knox County Rescue. He is a West Knoxville Transplant from NY with his Wife Dina and 2 Daughters and has served in the Emergency Services Sector since 2009. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture & Construction Management with ‘Summa Cum Laude’ Honors from the New York Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Mohamed has over 30 Life-Saving Awards of Merit during his years of service, was awarded one of Knoxville’s 40 Under 40 in 2021 by Knox.Biz, and holds certifications in several disciplines including Confined Space Rescue, Structural Collapse, Trench Rescue, Vehicle Heavy Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Fire Officer I, Open Water Diver, FAA Remote Pilot, Hazardous Materials Operations, and Public Information. Mohamed is currently a Senior Project Manager at Denark Construction, where he works full-time managing large construction projects.

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Thomas Giles
Battalion Chief, Training & Safety

Thomas Giles is a Firefighter/AEMT/Rescue Tech, Training Battalion Chief and Investigator within several Knox County agencies. He is a life-long resident of Anderson County, Tennessee.  Thomas has 21 years of experience in the fire service, 4 years active duty in the United States Army as a Combat Medic with 5th SFG (A) and one year of experience as an instructor at RASCON School of Combat Medicine as an advanced medical instructor.  During his time in the US Army he held the position of NCOIC of the medical detachment in OIF-6.  Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University.  He is a credentialed Fire Officer Designee by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, IFSAC certified fire instructor since 2011 and is a member of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, FOOLS (Fraternal Order of the Leatherhead Society), NAFI (National Association of Fire Investigators) and IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators).  Currently, Thomas is pursuing certification as Fire Office II, Instructor II and Fire Inspector.  Thomas resides in Clinton, TN with his wife and son

Hugh Laxton
Captain, USAR & Heavy Rescue

Hugh Laxton is a native of Knoxville.  He has been a member of KCR since 1982.  He has held a number of positions within this organization. Currently he is the Specialty Teams Captain, overseeing the Dive Team, Heavy Rescue Team, and Cave/Vertical Team.  He serves on several state committees on EMS and is a Captain with the Knoxville Fire Department.

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John Duncan
Captain, Fleet
John Duncan is a Volunteer Rescue Technician, and currently serves as a Captain at Knox County Rescue. Born and raised in Grainger County TN, he resides in North Knoxville with his wife Christina and sons Tristin, Dylan, and Wyatt. John received his start in Emergency Services in early 2016 and holds certifications in several disciplines including Confined Space Rescue, Farm Machinery Rescue, Trench Rescue, Vehicle Rescue, and Swift Water Rescue. John is currently a Project Manager at Pro Source Home Buyers where he works full-time in addition to his responsibilities at Knox County Rescue.
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Oseana Bratton
Captain, Equipment
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Bart Fremow
Captain, Water Rescue & Dive Recovery
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Trevor Pickel
Captain, Cave & Vertical Rescue
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Will Steward
Captain, Cadets

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Julie Greene
Executive Director

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Charlotte McLawhorn
Administrative Financial Assistant

Charlotte is a Knoxville native. A former Government Compliance Auditor, she joined the KCR team in 2017 bringing 10+ years of accounting background.

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