The community celebrated the graduation of Recruit Firefighter Training Academy #012218 at Nash Community College Wednesday, June 6, 2018. In a ceremony held in Brown Auditorium, five cadets were awarded badges and certificates of completion.
Nash Community College’s fire training program is designed to provide individuals and firefighters the information and skills needed for modern firefighting through a variety of learning experiences and training scenarios.
Pastor Todd Greene, pastor of Sharpsburg Church, was the guest speaker. Greene is retired from the United States Marine Corps and served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm with 1st Battalion 6th Marines. Having served in law enforcement and fire services before being called into ministry, he shared his personal experiences explaining the importance of perseverance through the challenging situations.
The Recruit Firefighter Training Academy #012218 graduates are, pictured from left to right: Santiago Texidor of Bronx, NY; Samuel Lewis of Bunn (Nashville Fire Department); Jeremy Hall of Spring Hope (Nashville Fire Department); Jonathan Thomas of Red Oak and Omari Thomas of Brooklyn, NY.
Academy Battalion Chief Jonathan Thomas was honored with the Academic Excellence Award, given for earning the highest grade point average, and the Flame Award for being voted “most outstanding” by his classmates. Captain Michael “Corey” Strange of Rocky Mount Fire Department was awarded the Instructional Excellence Award.
NCC fire classes are often delivered directly to firefighters through training sessions held in local departments and at training sites throughout the community. For more information, visit www.nashcc.edu/fire.