Woman tops her class of 54 at Providence Fire graduation

Photo Courtesy Facebook/Providence Fire Fighters

By Alana Cerrone


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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