11/24/09 276 W, 1 I - + 15 - 20 Wake County Fire Academy Graduates

Congratulations to Recruit Class 2 of the Wake County Fire Academy, which graduated last night in a 7:00 p.m. ceremony at the Student Services building at Wake Tech. The recruits completed six-months of training that included certifications in Firefighter II, Rescue Technician, EMT Basic, and Haz-Mat Operations Plus. They came from Carrboro, Durham Highway, Garner, Hopkins, Morrisville, Northwest Harnett, Pilot, Stony Hill, Swift Creek, and Wake New Hope fire departments. The ceremony opened with a presentation of colors by the Morrisville Fire Department Honor Guard and Pipes and Drums, and an invocation by Chaplain Dr. Ted Edwards, also from Morrisville Fire Department.

Remarks were made by Wake County Fire/Rescue Training Director Ricky Dorsey, Wake County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Lindy Brown, Retired Raleigh Fire Department Captain Wilbert "Tramp" Dunn, Wake Technical Community College President Dr. Stephen Scott, Wake County Fire/Rescue Training Specialist Joe Knurowski, and Wake County Fire/Rescue Director Ray Echevarria. (All correct?) Plus remarks from recruits, including highlights of their more "memorable" moments.

Congratulations all, and good luck as you embark on your fire service careers. Perhaps our readers can contribute to the sagely advice that you're receiving. Mr. Blogger only adds "don't believe everything you read a blog."

Pictured not in order are Michael Boyce (DHFD), Ryan Downs (CFD), Michael Henderson (DHFD), Bryce Overton (GFD), Mitchell Prince (NHFD), Alexander Reynolds (DHFD), Patrick Schambs (CSFD), Thomas Schwenk (SHFD), Ryan Scott (PFD), Jamison Stafford (MFD), Nicholas Tart (WNHFD), Brittany Temple (HFD), and instructors Joe Knurowski and David Zoltoski. (Spelling corrections welcome.) More pics from Legeros and Lee forthcoming. Click to enlarge:

A wonderful ceremony and a great group of folks. Hats off to Wake Co. Fire/Rescue Training and best wishes to all!!
A.C. Rich - 11/24/09 - 09:02

Nice to see the academy concept in Wake County. Congrats to the graduates; stay safe Brothers and Sister as you start your journey.
Silver - 11/24/09 - 17:50

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