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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 Chris 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

 

VILLARREAL ESTEBAN

 

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