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Recruit Graduation and Promotion Ceremony

Mayor Matthew J. Driscoll and Syracuse City Fire Chief Fred R. Plumpton, presided over a Firefighter Recruit Graduation and Promotion Ceremony Friday, June 5 at 1 p.m. at the Everson Museum.

The Recruit Graduates:

John Abert; Christopher Birmingham; John Burns; John Chmielewski; Patrick Foody; Brian Green; Thomas Hawley; Brian Henderson; Thomas Howard; Paul Jachim; Lotan Mitchell; Richard Rothery; Adam Smith; and Roseanne Wood.

Promotions:

Michael Chura to District Chief; Jack Denero to Captain; Glen Chandler to Captain; John Kilpatrick to Captain; Edward Kosakowski to Lieutenant; Robert Perkins to Lieutenant; Michael Hart to Lieutenant; John Lisi to Lieutenant and Brian Donnelly to Lieutenant.

The recent promotions of Captain Glen Chandler and Captain John Kilpatrick took effect on April 9.

Captain Chandler, the first African American to attain the rank of Captain, joined the ranks of the Syracuse Fire Department on March 11, 1985. He was promoted to Lieutenant on May 19, 2003. When Captain Chandler was a Firefighter he was presented the Syracuse Fire Officers Association Award of Valor. Captain Chandler's last assignment was with Truck Co. 3 on Geddes St. He will remain assigned at that location.

Captain Kilpatrick joined the ranks of the Syracuse Airport Crash Rescue on July 22, 1987. He was promoted to a First Line Supervisor on Jan. 13, 1998.

When the Airport Crash Rescue was combined with the Syracuse Fire Department on Dec. 31, 2003. Kilpatrick was assigned the rank of Lieutenant. Captain Kilpatrick's last assignment was with Engine Co. 2 on Lodi St. Captain Kilpatrick has been reassigned to Engine Co. 6 on West St.

The Firefighter Recruit class participated in 16 weeks of training, including two weeks of EMS training and 14 weeks of Basic and Advanced Firefighting skills training. After graduation these Recruit Firefighters will be assigned to Fire Companies throughout the City and will remain on probation for one year.

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