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Fort Wayne Fire Department Welcomes 19 New Firefighters

Nineteen firefighters were welcomed to the Fort Wayne Fire Department in a graduation ceremony today at the Public Safety Academy.

The department’s 90th recruit class will begin their duty as Fort Wayne firefighters at engine houses throughout the city on September 1.

The recruits, 17 men and 2 women, participated in 20 weeks of training and will now continue their training alongside firefighters from the 18 stations that serve the City of Fort Wayne.

The following graduates were sworn in:

Kamron Bell Erik Kitchen
Jonathan Chansyna Andrew Knox
Brian Detweiler Thomas Kocks
Joel Fravel Trayson Luna
Travis Gase Jared Maxwell
Andrew Goodwin Robert Murphy
Thomas Greathouse Nicholas Racioppi
Andrea Harris Amber Stine
Joshua Howe

Lance Wagner

Jacob Stoppenhagen

“Public safety is a top priority and we have an outstanding fire department committed to keeping our residents and businesses as safe as possible,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “We’re fortunate to be in a position to add new firefighters to enhance the department’s level of service. Under Chief Lahey’s leadership, the Fort Wayne Fire Department is making a meaningful difference for all of us.”