On July 21, before family members and friends, 24 recruits graduated from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue’s 34th recruit class.
In a ceremony at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Deputy Clerk of the Court Leslie Kelly swore in the recruits in preparation for their assignment in the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System.
Special recognition went out to Class 34’s Top Recruit, Firefighter/EMT Spencer Jenkins. According to a press release, Jenkins showed exemplary leadership, poise and dedication throughout the challenging program earning the top recruit award.
The Lt. Alex J. Keepers Memorial Award winner for class 34 was Firefighter/EMT Michael Lee. The award was established in 2013 to memorialize Keepers, who died in a motor vehicle accident on his way to work on December 31, 2007. It is awarded to those recruits who made outstanding improvements during the recruit academy.
“This is a proud moment for our fire-rescue system,” stated Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. “Through their dedication to our core values, teamwork, integrity, professionalism and service, these fine individuals will make valuable contributions to our fire and rescue family and the community as a whole.”
The recruits’ training academy incorporated 1,000 hours of both emergency medical technician and firefighting training into a 28-week program. They will now begin their careers as Loudoun County Firefighter/EMTs, assigned to various fire and rescue companies throughout the county.
Deputy Chief of Training Randall L. Shank emceed the graduation ceremony. Fire System Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr., Battalion Chief of Training Bernard Gottholm and several training officers were on hand to address the recruits, family members and friends. Each of the speakers commended the recruits on their hard work and dedication, recognizing their accomplishments as well as the family members who’ve supported them throughout this journey.