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Volunteer firefighters celebrated at May graduation

In what was a first for Columbia Richland Fire, the department recognized the work of its many volunteer members by holding a graduation ceremony on May 6, 2019.

More than 20 volunteer recruits were officially sworn into service with the department while their friends and family looked on. The ceremony drew close to 200 people to department headquarters.

Fire Chief Jason Pope, who is the fire services coordinator for Fairfield County, delivered the keynote address. Columbia Richland Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins then officially badged each volunteer recruit. He also presented each new member with a department coin.

Here is the complete list of volunteer firefighters who were honored:

JAMEL ADDAHOUMI

KASSEM AZIZ

MELISSA BEATTY

CHRIS BECKHAM

LATOYA BENNEFIELD

LAMAR BOWERS

BAYLEE BROWN

ERIC CRANE

ORLANDO DEVERS

DAYNA DUCOTE

ESTEBAN VILLARREAL

TRISTAN FAILE

AKIL FINLEY

JUSTIN GALLMAN

CHRISTIAN JOHNSON

TAYLOR KATZ

JACQUELINE LEE

DANIEL LOTT

MARCUS MALLOY

MICHAEL RICHARDSON

FREDRICK STROUD

AMAL WEBB

MIKE WELKER

TRACY WHELEN