On Friday, August 16, 2019, before family members and friends, 18 recruits graduated from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue’s 38th recruit class. In an official ceremony held at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens swore in the recruits in preparation for their assignments within the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System.
Deputy Chief of Training Randall L. Shank emceed the graduation ceremony as System Chief Keith Johnson, and several training officers addressed the audience. Each of the speakers commended the recruits on their hard work and dedication, recognizing their accomplishments as well as the family members who’ve supported them throughout this journey.
Special recognition goes out to Firefighter/EMT Allison Orlowski who was designated top recruit for class 38. Firefighter Orlowski showed exemplary leadership, poise and dedication throughout the challenging program earning the top recruit award. The Lt. Alex J. Keepers Memorial Award winner for class 38 is Firefighter/EMT Brady Winter. The Lt. Alex J. Keepers Memorial Award was established in 2013 to memorialize Lt. Keepers who was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident on his way to work on December 31, 2007. It is awarded to those recruits who made outstanding improvements during the recruit academy.
“This is a proud moment for our fire-rescue system,” stated Chief Johnson. “Through their dedication to our core values, teamwork, integrity, professionalism and service, these fine individuals will make valuable contributions to our fire and rescue family and the community as a whole.” Chief Johnson also took several moments to highlight a permanent memorial that has been constructed at the Loudoun County Oliver “O.R.” Dube Fire & Rescue Training Academy in honor of Alex and the Keepers Family.
These graduating recruits completed an extensive recruit academy that incorporated 1,000 hours of both emergency medical technician and firefighting training into a 30-week program. The following personnel will now begin their careers as Loudoun County Firefighter/EMTs, assigned to various fire and rescue stations throughout the county:
Recruit Class 38
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