04/18/09 137 W, 1 I - + 13 - 17 Raleigh Fire Department Graduation

Cheers and applause greeted the city's newest firefighters last night in Exhibit Hall C at the Raleigh Convention and Civic Center. The graduation ceremony for Raleigh Fire Department Recruit Academy 35 started at 7:00 p.m., with the 27 recruits escorted by the Wake & District Pipes & Drums band and the fire department Honor Guard. They were flanked by flashing fire apparatus, with the city's newest engines parked on either side. Ladder 1 was parked behind the stage. The ceremony lasted about an hour, and included remarks from the Fire Chief, the Asst. Chief of Training, and the class valedictorian. After family members pinned their badges, and the oath of office was administered, the celebration continued a couple blocks north, with a reception at Station 1. Photos coming from Legeros (shown) and Wilson. Click to enlarge:

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