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June 1, 2018

20 graduate county fire/rescue academy

Some days, they ran up Warrenton’s Hospital Hill 20 times in all kinds of conditions.

On others, they did 800 pushups or played take-no-prisoner volleyball games intended to build team spirit.

After as many as 22 weeks of intense skills and fitness drills, 18 men and 2 women Thursday joined the ranks of Fauquier’s career fire/rescue technicians.

With more than 200 family members and friends present, the May 31 graduation ceremony for the the county’s eighth and ninth recruit school classes took place in Kettle Run High School’s auditorium.

With the new wave of technicians, the Fauquier County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management has grown 98 uniformed employees.

The county hired its first three career fire/rescue workers in 1991.

Recruits with little experience trained for 22 weeks. They earn $46,000 per year.

Experienced recruits, whose salaries vary, received six weeks of training.

After commencement remarks and presentation of special awards, the department ‘s newest members took an oath of office and received badges and certificates.

Amy Stevens received the Justin Clayton Award, named after one of Fauquier’s first career fire and rescue workers. Her fellow recruits chose Ms. Stevens for the honor. The retired Mr. Clayton, who joined the department in 1991, presented the award.

Andrew Peterson received the Academic Achievement Award.

Virginia Department of Fire Programs Michael T. Reilly delivered the keynote address.

The latest graduates:

Matthew Atkins*

Daniel B. Bohon II

Michael G. Carpenter

Eain Cole

Mitchell Davidson

Daniel Foley

Zachary D. Fowler

Brandon Frederick

Adam Glaze

Bryan Jäger

Drew Law

Tyler Lonas*

Kathryn Long

Andrew Peterson

Joey Rodgers

Joseph Smallwood

Amy L. Stevens

Alex Stroop

Brian Stuart

Shane Wood*

* Experienced recruits coming from other departments.
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Kay G. · June 2, 2018 at 8:53 am
BRAVO to these men and women for choosing careers that will so directly help our community. Congratulations and hats off to you!
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