Fire Department Holds Fire Academy Graduation Ceremony for 3 Recruits

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From left, Mayor Eddie Sundquist, Firefighter Gage Bird, Firefighter Luke Ames, Firefighter Dylan Monroe, & Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Coon.
From left, Mayor Eddie Sundquist, Firefighter Gage Bird, Firefighter Luke Ames, Firefighter Dylan Monroe, & Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Coon.

Ben McLaughlin Promoted to Lieutenant

The City of Jamestown Fire Department held a graduation ceremony to install three recruits who successfully completed the Fire Academy as Firefighters for the City of Jamestown.

Mayor Eddie Sundquist welcomed the new firefighters to the department and presented them with recognition certificates. Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Coon presented each recruit with their Firefighter’s badge.

“All three recruits have met rigorous standards to get to this level. his year was a particular challenge with the completion of their training being delayed due to the Pandemic. They have certainly earned the right to be called ‘Professional Firefighters’,” said Coon.

Mayor Sundquist said, “I congratulate and welcome these three men to the City of Jamestown Fire Department. We look forward to your service with us.”

The three recruits recognized today are Luke Ames, Gage Bird, and Dylan Monroe. All three completed training at the New York State Academy of Fire Science in Glen Falls, New York this year.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Coon offered the newly-assigned firefighters a few words of advice: “As you begin your careers, I encourage each of you to remember this day and all that you have accomplished to get to this point. We, as a Department, are very proud of all you accomplished thus far. Please continue to develop your skills, apply what you have learned, and most of all, enjoy the ride!”

Firefighter Ben McLaughlin also was recognized with a promotion to Lieutenant.