Staff Members

Command Staff

Chief Russ Frazier
Russ Frazier, MD
Chief

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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Justin Faulkner
Battalion Chief, Administration

Battalion Chief Faulkner has been a member of KCR since December 2017 and was promoted to Assistant Chief in January 2020. In addition to this, Chief Faulkner also serves as a full time Rescue Technician, as well as a Firefighter/AEMT for Rural Metro Fire Department & AMR Ambulance Service. He was awarded Knox County Rescue Shift Qualified Member of the Year for 2018 & 2019. He has numerous certifications in technical rescue aspects to include: Swift Water Rescue, Dive Rescue, Vehicle Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Structural Collapse Rescue, Trench Rescue, and Emergency Rope Rescue. Additionally, he holds instructor certifications in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation & Emergency Medical Response. Born & raised in Fountain City, a suburb of Knoxville, he’s a true native of the area. Graduating from Central High School in 2014 and attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville while also working full time for the University of Tennessee Police Department as a Communications Officer before joining KCR in January of 2018. He is currently enrolled at Columbia Southern University, completing his Bachelors in Fire Administration/Investigation. He also plans to attend the RSCC Paramedic Program this fall.

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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

Dustin Bolen
Dustin Bolen
Captain

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Hugh Laxton
Captain

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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Will Steward
Captain

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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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