Twenty-seven firefighter recruits graduated from the county fire/EMS department’s 45th career recruit school class June 11.
The graduation ceremony, held at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, acknowledged the recruits’ successful completion of recruit school and integration into the county’s fire/EMS department. Family members of the recruits, county government officials, fire/EMS department command staff and training academy instructors attended the ceremony, according to a county fire/EMS department release.
Fire Chief Marc Bashoor commended the recruits and delivered a call to action during the ceremony.
“Whatever you do, don’t ever lose your passion — or your compassion. No matter the situation, remember first and foremost that we are there to help. We are the ones who will be expected to bring calm to turmoil and order to chaos,” he said. “The one thing that I can guarantee you is that for the next 20-plus years, you are going to interact with people who you do not know, who are dealing with the absolute worst moments of their lives. They will be looking specifically to you to resolve the challenges they face.”
The recruits were administered the Oath of Office by Marilynn Bland, Prince George’s County’s clerk of the circuit court.
Several recruits who excelled in particular areas throughout recruit school received distinguished awards.
Firefighter Anthony M. Smith received the Fire Suppression Scholastic Achievement Award for obtaining the highest academic average on the fire suppression written exams and practical evolutions.
Firefighter Matthew E. Babczak received the Instructor’s Award for showing the highest level of personal improvement, development and dedication in the class.
Firefighter Daniel L. Gonzales received the Memorial Award for displaying the rarest combination of professionalism, courage and “espirit de corps,” which refers to the morale of a group.
Firefighter Walter J. Balma received the Fire Chief’s Award for best displaying leadership, professional development, integrity, performance and personal growth.
Graduates from the 45th class include:
Samuel Paul AlcalaMatthew Edward Babczak
Walter Jorge BalmaLester Henry Bascom
Aaron Austim Brewster
Dominique Anthony Bridges
Joshua David BynumLatrice Bernadette Byrd-Whitehead
Justin Wonjun Chong
Dino Michael D’Angelo
Kenneth Vincent Decker
Daniel Lee Gonzales
Justin Glenn Gosman
Matthew Lewis GumMarcus James Hurt
Joshua Michael Jansky
Michael Kristopher Jefferson
Marquet Frederick Johnson
Rosanna Lynn LaGrave
Lawrence Allen Moore
John Robert OliverLori Beth Renick
Evan Timothy SannaAmos Brandon Scott
Anthony Mitchell Smith
Clifton Victor Stagnaro
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