Friday, April 15, 2011

An Exciting Day in the CFD!

Today we celebrated with CFD Recruit Class 10-02 as they graduated after 23 grueling weeks of training and take their places as the newest members of the Charleston Fire Department. They received their badges at the Simons Center Recital Hall on the campus of the College of Charleston before a large crowd of family, friends, and fellow members of the department. Congratulations to Daniel Arthur, George Corrie, William Easterlin, Evan English, Kyle Franklin, Thomas Fulmer, Jamaal Goss, Gregg Hayre, Justin Kroboth, Edward Lloyd, Daniel Mansdorf, John McDonald, Patrick Mulhern, Grey Mumpower, Joseph Rivers Robinson, Brandon Shaw, Casey Sullivan and Paul Tumminia on your accomplishment.

As I stood at the back of the hall and watched the ceremony, I couldn’t help but notice the members of the fire department in attendance that are second and third generation firefighters. Special recognition goes to Edward Lloyd, a new recruit, who was pinned by his father, CFD Assistant Chief Raymond Lloyd. Edward is the fifth generation of his family to be a firefighter! Furthermore, many of the new graduates had their children with them today and I wondered if we were looking at some of the future generation of firefighters. If I could offer any thing personally to the new members of the department, it would be to enjoy this day for it marks the beginning of an exciting time in your lives.

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