For immediate release - October 18, 2005
TAVARES — The largest graduating class ever of future Lake County firefighters will be honored at a 9 a.m. ceremony Friday, Oct. 21, at the Lake Technical Center Public Safety Center, Kenneth A. Bragg Campus, in room 302. In addition, six Lake County firefighters will be promoted to lieutenant.
In all, 29 firefighters completed the three-week orientation at the Bragg Campus, which instructs candidates about the practices and protocol of the Lake County Department of Public Safety Fire Rescue Division. Of the group, 21 will be assigned to stations the following week and the remaining eight will serve as temporary firefighters. The six promotions will fill the need for additional lieutenants at future fire stations in Lake County.
“This is a larger class than we had last year,” said Jack Fillman, Lake County Fire Rescue Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Education. “Last year, the Fire Rescue Division honored 20 new firefighters and promoted four firefighters to lieutenant.”
All 29 graduates are dual certified as either firefighter/EMT or firefighter/paramedic. Of the six firefighters to be promoted to lieutenant, three are paramedics and three are EMTs. Scheduled to be promoted to lieutenant are firefighters Kara Miller, Michell Woodward-Bass, Clint Chapman, Paul Rogers, Brian Gamble and Robert Armas.
The graduation and promotion ceremony will be capped with the badge-pinning ceremony where family members participate in the presentation of the new badges.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Media representatives are cordially invited to the graduation and promotion ceremony on Friday, Oct. 21, at 9 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the Lake Technical Center Public Safety Center, Kenneth A. Bragg Campus, in room 302. For directions to the campus or for more information, call Chris Patton at (352) 343-9609.
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445