Former dojo member (nikkyu in 1999) Shawn Belton becomes Fire Marshal for Baltimore City on 14 January 2013. He's been with the Baltimore City Fire Department for 19 years, and his current duties include overall responsibility for the enforcement of the Fire, Building, and Life Safety Codes; fire investigations; and reviewing overall building plans for compliance with the Fire, Building, and Life Safety Codes.
In addition to being a doting father and grandfather, Shawn has also been busy with plenty of other things. He earned his MS in 2011, and is starting the final year of the U.S. Fire Administration's four-year Executive Fire Officer Program. (The USFA is under FEMA.)