Eleven new firefighters graduate from training to join department


After eighteen weeks of intense training, the building of an indestructible team bond and a lot of hard work, eleven rookie firefighters have graduated from firefighter training and have joined their fire department family. Graduation ceremonies were held at the Locust Grove Recreation Center, on Friday, April 3, 2015. Recruit Class 14-02 commenced with a grand and memorable ceremony before a large crowd of approximately 150 guests. A reception and an opportunity to fellowship with the new employees followed the commencement. Training Chief Ike McConnell stated “These men have worked hard to get where they are and I am extremely proud of our Training Staff for the job they have done preparing them.”

Top Row l. to r.: William Smith, Johnathan Owens, Tyler Pippin, Jeremy Hicks, Donald Wright and Caleb Pritchett. Bottow Row l. to r.: Captain Robby Russell (training), Joshua Harrison, Michael Johnson, Daniel Roy, Mychal Miles and David Witt. Special photo

The eleven recruits were subjected to comprehensive testing and successfully completed all necessary classes and more than satisfied all requirements conquering 640 hours of firefighter training. Recruit Michael John-son was the recipient of the Top Boot Award. This award recognizes one individual who demonstrated the ability to excel in academics, skill evaluations, physical fitness, and teamwork.

The new firefighters will continue their training on their respective shifts. “I am excited to welcome these new members to our team. They have performed admirably during recruit school and I believe they will continue to excel on line,” stated Fire Chief Bill Lacy.