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Airport safety officers earn advanced certificates

Jeff Augram, who retired last week as chief of public safety, and Lt. Jimmy Brissie received Advanced Law Enforcement certificates. Jeff Augram, who retired last week as chief of public safety, and Lt. Jimmy Brissie received Advanced Law Enforcement certificates.

Two officers with the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority have earned Advanced Law Enforcement Officer certificates.


Jeff Augram, who retired last week as chief of public safety, and Lt. Jimmy Brissie earned the certificates from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.
"It is an honor to work each day next to these extraordinary officers who are responsible for maintaining the highest level of safety and security at the Asheville Regional Airport," Lew Bleiweis, Executive Director of the airport, said in a news release. "This particular certificate requires a lot of time and effort and we appreciate all of our officers who have gone the extra mile to attain this award."
Chief Augram served in the airport's Department of Public Safety for more than 30 years before his retirement on Dec. 1.
"Jeff leaves a long legacy at Asheville Regional Airport," Bleiweis said. "We wish him well as he begins to enjoy his retirement."
Brissie, who is also Henderson County Rescue Squad chief, has been employed by the Asheville Regional Airport for more than seven years.
Officers who have already received the Advanced Law Enforcement Officer certificates are interim Public Safety Chief Kevan Smith and officers Mike Miller and Bruce Blackwell.