For a quarter of a century, Jason DeBerg has worked to keep Rio Rancho safe with Fire and Rescue. Last week, Captain DeBerg was celebrated for 25 years of service.

DeBerg, who is currently the longest-tenured member of RRFR, received his 25-year Years of Service pin from Fire Chief James DeFillippo. In those 25 years, DeBerg has watched both Rio Rancho and RRFR grow.

“When I started here, it was a different department,” DeBerg said. “It was small and tight-knit. Now it’s grown, and we’re still a great department. It’s been a privilege just to work here.”

DeBerg serves as captain of Station 3 on Riverside Drive. He was instrumental in developing RRFR’s heavy dozer program that helps to fight large wildfires.

“Our department’s most important asset is its personnel,” Battalion Chief Ryan Floersheim said. “Two years ago, we started a project where we began recognizing five-year increments of service of our members because in our profession, over the years there is progress and a lot of personal and professional sacrifice. Captain DeBerg, at this point, is our longest tenured member in our department’s history. No one has made it as long as he has, so it’s a monumental achievement. We’re truly proud and appreciative of the dedication to the people of Rio Rancho and Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue. He’s been a mentor to many members of the department over the past 25 years.”

DeBerg said the past 25 years has just been about doing what he loves.

“I love to serve and help people,” DeBerg said. “I’m blessed to have a supportive wife and two beautiful kids. I’m able to get out and help people in the community. I’m just doing my part.”