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By Patricia Landis
March 4, 2019 (Julian) — Today was a good day.  Eighteen men and women graduated from the JCFPD Academy and will join JCFPD as Firefighters. One more will be added after he completes the last few classes, but he could not graduate today because he sustained a broken elbow, slipping on the ice while training. Chief Mike Van Bibber orchestrated the graduation ceremony and pinned each firefighter with their new badge. 

This exemplary group of men and women are inspirational. They are passionate, dedicated, respectful, and professional. They have expressed their gratitude for being given the opportunity to join TEAM JCFPD as firefighters as they work toward their Firefighter I Certification.

A team of a dozen supporters provided a potluck lunch, with tri tip, salads, cake and pie. Over 100 people were present, friends and family of the graduates, to applaud and share in the celebration. The ceremony ended with the presentation of a large wood flag engraved with their insignia “Academy 5.” The creative decoration will be hung in the apparatus bay. Another Academy is planned in a couple of months.   
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