08/08/13 307 W, 1 I - + 3 - 3 UPDATED: Raleigh Recruits Graduate on Friday

Congratulations to the twenty-seven members of Raleigh Fire Department Recruit Academy 38. They graduate from their twenty-eight week academy tomorrow night, Friday, August 9. The ceremony starts at 7:00 p.m. at Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Raleigh. Below is a spiffy group photo shot by Jeff Harkey last week. He and Lee Wilson took photos, which can be seen here. We'll see if someone will send the names for everyone, left to right, and maybe their home towns. Watch this space. See more versions of their class photo. There are also several galleries of photos from their academy: February 1, March 21, April 2, April 25, April 30, May 30, June 21, June 24, July 12 and 16.

Update. Pictured and with their home towns in parenthesis are, back row, left to right: Ben Thedieck (Raleigh), Miles Roe (Bellport, NY), Ryan Dover (Raleigh), Clayton Welch (Grand Cane, LA), Alex Oliver (Blackburg, VA), Charles Santos (Miami, FL), Adam Hauser (Cleveland, OH), Clarence Barbour (Philadelphia, PA), and Kahlil Robinson (Raleigh). Middle row, left to right: Marilyn Rodriguez (Cary), Kamilah Webb (Anchorage, AK), Michael Fox (Cary), Graham Pearce (Rolesville), Zeth Lee (Kinston, NC), Peyton Ellis (Arlington, VA), Jonathan Braswell (Holly Springs), Nick Banister (Raleigh), and Kirsty Thayer (Ashaway, RI). Front row, left to right: Russ Leaptrott (Troutman, NC), Zachariah Reynolds (Greensboro), Jessica Newman (Dobbs Ferry, NC), Addison Lynch (Bracey, VA), Sam Scott (Raleigh), Jonathan Tyner (Raleigh), David Boyette (Garner), Brandon Freese (Pittsville, MA), and Ryan Bracey (Raleigh). 

Their family ties include Jonathan Tyner as son of Captain Jim Tyner, and David Boyette as son of Battalion Chief David Boyette, and grandson of retired Capt. Wade Boyette. See my family tree document (PDF and newly added on my web site) for more information about "who's related to who" in the Raleigh Fire Department.

Jeff Harkey photo

Congrats guys and gals, this is the first step in a long career that you will learn to love if you have never gotten the chance to ride a truck to the aid of another. Stay safe out there and always do the right thing.
Positive - 08/09/13 - 01:55

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