A group of 47 new Cherokee County fire recruits graduated from firefighter recruit school during a special ceremony held at First Baptist Church of Woodstock on Saturday.
Conner Bourn, Matthew Brooks, Desmond Chavarria, Anthony Ciorba, Aubrey Clark, Asheton Collins, Amanda DeWoody, Tate Dill, Bonn Ellerbee, Jonathan Escobar, Jeffery Garrett, Joseph Gates, Alfonso Gavina, Evan Groet, William Hamby, Alex Hart, Matthew Hickey, Cameron Hubbard, Chance Huffschmidt, Christopher LaFontaine, Ryan Laughridge, Jonathan Laurich, Henry Le, Trenton Mackey, Brian Magill, Sean Markham, Kevin McArthur, Kelsey Millsaps, Tyler Morgan, Matthew Mosely, Jacob Murphy, Grant Newton, Nevin O’Hearn, Austin Owen, Tyler Russell, David Scalf, Christopher Shorts, Caleb Smalley, Benjamin Smith, Lucas Vasquez, Timothy Vickery, Scott Ward, Alex Weaver, Heath Weekly, Mason Williams, Beau Witcher and Michael Zuchegno were recognized for completing their training to join the ranks of the agency.
The event began with an invocation from Fire Chaplain Don Williams, followed by the presentation of colors by the Cherokee County Fire Explorer Post No. 469 and the singing of the national anthem by Jedidiah Martin.
Before the certificates of completion were awarded, a special slide show was presented and class spokespersons Anthony Ciorba and Kelsey Millsaps presented gifts to some of the fire training officers. Four special achievement awards were presented as well during the ceremony. Tyler Russell was named the recipient of the W. Clark Waters Jr. Honor Graduate Award, Beau Witcher received the Pinnacle Award, Alex Hart was presented the Star of Life Award and Kevin McArthur was given the Academic Award.
During the ceremony, Assistant Fire Chief Eddie Robinson came forward to congratulate the recruits and welcome them to the Cherokee County Fire family, while Fire Chief Tim Prather offered a few thoughts before asking the recruits to stand for the firefighter oath and the presentation of their certificates of completion.