Eighteen, including 1st woman graduate from RI Municipal Fire Academy

Courtesy of Rhode Island State Police

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) —Eighteen trainees, including the first woman trainee were inducted as firefighters after graduating from the Rhode Island Municipal Fire Academy on Friday.  

The trainees from four communities needed to complete the nine-week statewide training program in order to be certified.

 “They deserve our respect and admiration for choosing a career in public service, one in which they will risk their lives to protect the lives of others in their communities,” said, Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety.

Joseph J. Kluzxnik, Deputy Director of the Mass Massachusetts Firefighting Academy said the keynote address and over 100 people were in attendance.

“Firefighters are among the most trusted people in their communities, noting that parents will hand over their infants and children to firefighters, and businesses owners will entrust them with keys to their companies,” said Deputy Klucznik.

Here’s a list of graduates by Fire Department:

Central Coventry Fire Department:

  • Russell C. Lavoie, Jr.

Cumberland Fire Department:

  • John Rei IV

East Providence Fire Department:

  • Jordan Baeszler
  • Manuel J. Benevides
  • Erica L. Carcieri
  • Piero Colonna
  • Gregory Dubee
  • Brendan Dyer;
  • Christopher J. Harrington
  • Adam Maroney
  • Justin Rapp
  • Nicholas A. Simone
  • Damon R. Solomon
  • Ricky Tiburcio
  • Conrad Weeden

Smithfield Fire Department:

  • Eric Barros
  •  Mark Euell          
  • Thomas W. Rotondo III

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