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The City of Raleigh Fire Department will hold a graduation ceremony for the 40th Fire Academy on Thursday, 15 May 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Fletcher Opera Theatre at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.   The 36 graduates have completed more than 998 hours of classroom, practical and physical fitness training. Upon graduation they will be certified by the State of North Carolina as a firefighter level II, emergency medical technician and hazardous materials responder. The diverse class of 32 men and 4 women includes local high school graduates and recruits from Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, and Washington.

 “We are very proud of these new firefighters that have endured rigorous training with dedication and perseverance,” Raleigh Fire Chief John McGrath said.

Wake and District is honored to participate in the graduation ceremony – and would like to extend our congratulations to all the graduates; we wish you a safe career while protecting the public.


The graduating recruits will help fill open positions, including firefighters reassigned to Station 29, when the new companies Engine 29 and Ladder 9 are placed in service next month. They are:

Rontaegus L. Alford
Jacob T. Atkins
Ryan W. Ault
Scott D. Bartow
Dillon N. Brown
Jonathan W. Brown
Eric R. Champion
Christian C. Christopoulos
Andrew E. Davis
James L. Davis
Rebecca E. Davis
Bradley T. Faucette
Britney M. Fitchpatrick
Randy D. Fobbs
Tyler L. Gouge
Eric T. Griffin Jr.
John T. Hauser
Cody A. Heakins
Eric A. Hisey
Alexis R. John
Daniel E. Kennon
Christopher R. King
Joseph A. Lane Jr.
Timothy M. Lee
Justin J. Melanson
Ryan L. Nelson
Tyler C. Parrott
Christopher K. Patterson
Rafael Perez-Valdivia
Aaron W. Proctor
Nicholas W. Robinson
Diana N. Trout
Aaron M. Voss
Jordan L. Whitley
Nicholas K. Williams
Aaron M. Winfree



class photo by Mike Legeros — candid photos by Lee Wilson



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