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Woman tops her class of 54 at Providence Fire graduation

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By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

History was made at the Providence Fire Department Training Academy graduation ceremony.

Fifty-four recruits were sworn in as Providence Firefighters Friday evening and for the first time in the Department's 159 year history, a woman graduated at the top of the class.

Members were officially sworn in by Mayor Angel Taveras after their rigorous 22-week training program under Captain Scott Mello.

The class included three women and four military members – two of which served in Iraq and Afghanistan – and ranged in age from 20 to 44 years old.

Alison Philbrick, 28, of North Providence, ranked #1 overall in the class.

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