Cherokee County Welcomes New Firefighters at Graduation Ceremony

On April 12, the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services cordially honored the commencement of nineteen newly appointed firefighters at Woodstock First Baptist Church. The event signified the inductees’ completion of a demanding training program; they are now equipped with the knowledge and abilities necessary to contribute to the community.

Eight months of rigorous training were completed by the graduating class, which included the following individuals: David Senegal, Caleb Strunk, Tyler Thomas, Charles Toburen, Brayden Hamilton, Tyler Harris, Jacob Householder, Nicholas Janflone, Kevin Jones, Payton McCluskey, Landon Miller, Isaiah Powell, Ian Banks, Steven Barrett, Nicole Collett, Rickey Fairchild, Kianna Fournier, Caleb Strunk, Tyler Thomas, Charles Toburen, and Jaden Walker. By virtue of their comprehensive education, which included both theoretical and practical expertise, they obtained certifications as Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians and Firefighter II.

Three exemplary recruits were honored with special awards at the commencement ceremony, in recognition of their extraordinary commitment and performance during the training period. The Douglas Clark Waters Jr. Award was presented to Charles Toburen in honor of a firefighter from Cherokee County who perished in the line of duty in 2003. This honor is given to a candidate who demonstrates unwavering loyalty, valor, and a steadfast devotion to military duty.

Jacob Householder was bestowed with the Pinnacle Award, which retired Battalion Chief Tom Pelletier deemed to be the pinnacle honor a recruit could attain. The instructors bestow this esteemed accolade upon the recruit who consistently exhibits exceptional qualities in leadership, talent, and attitude.

The Jill Mabley Star of Life Award was presented to Rickey Fairchild in recognition of his outstanding performance throughout his Advanced EMT training. This honor, bestowed in Dr. Jill Mabley’s honor by Instructor Sandra Johnson, is in remembrance of the medical director of Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services for more than two decades.

Class spokespersons Ian Banks and Jacob Householder conveyed sincere gratitude and recounted noteworthy anecdotes regarding their respective training experiences. They conveyed their appreciation to the instructors and support staff, whose mentorship proved to be of immense value during the course of their endeavor.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Fire Chief Eddie Robinson administered the sacraments to the newly hired firefighters. Family and friends joined the graduates on stage in a heartfelt tradition to affix their badges, which signified their preparedness to begin careers in fire and emergency services.

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On April 14, these newly hired firefighters commenced their field operations duties, disseminated among multiple stations in Cherokee County. There, they will further utilize their acquired knowledge and skills to safeguard and assist the local community.

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