Loudoun County, VA (August 19, 2015) – On Friday, August 14, 2015, before several hundred family members and friends, twenty recruits graduated from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue’s 31st recruit academy. In an official ceremony held at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Gary M. Clemens, Clerk of the Circuit Court, swore in the recruits in preparation for their assignment to the field.
Deputy Chief of EMS and Training Jose Salazar emceed the graduation ceremony. County Administrator Tim Hemstreet, Fire Chief W. Keith Brower Jr., Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia, and Assistant Chief Keith Johnson were on hand to address the recruits, family members and friends.
Each of the speakers commended the recruits on their hard work, recognizing their accomplishments as well as the family members who’ve supported them throughout their journey.
Special recognition went to the Recruit Class 31 top recruit, Robert LeBrun, and Alex Keepers Memorial Award winner James Newton. The Alex Keepers Memorial Award was presented to Firefighter Newton by Mary and Mackenzie Keepers, the mother and niece of the late Alex Keepers, to recognize the outstanding improvements made during the 26-week recruit academy.
“This is a proud moment for our fire-rescue system,” stated Chief Brower. “Through their dedication to our core values, teamwork, integrity, professionalism and service, these fine individuals will make valuable contributions to our community.”
The recruits completed an extensive recruit academy that incorporated 1,000 hours of both emergency medical technician and firefighting training into a 26-week program.
The following Firefighter/EMTs will now begin their careers as Loudoun County Firefighter/EMTs and be assigned to various fire and rescue companies throughout the county:
Recruit Class 30
- Firefighter Cody Armstrong
- Firefighter Kenneth Booth
- Firefighter Jarrett Boyle
- Firefighter Michael Burgesser
- Firefighter Frankie Cedillos
- Firefighter Jared Creamer
- Firefighter Gregory Gueiss
- Firefighter Steven Hurst, Jr.
- Firefighter William Jones
- Firefighter Zachary Kline
- Firefighter Robert LeBrun
- Firefighter Samuel Miley
- Firefighter Jonathan Miranda
- Firefighter James Newton
- Firefighter Tucker O’Brien
- Firefighter Michael Rimel, Jr
- Firefighter Michael Sheil
- Firefighter Steven Troutman
- Firefighter Philip Tsionis-Agostino
- Firefighter Troy Wooddell