GREENPORT—A public graduation ceremony for the 41 firefighters who completed the 31-session Firefighter I training schools in Canaan and Germantown offered by the Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office was held at Columbia-Greene Community College, March 26.
The keynote speaker was FDNY Battalion Chief Keith Cartica.
Pictured at right receiving his Firefighter I diploma is Greenport Firefighter Michael Carpentino; in row at left are (l-r): Fire Instructor Wayne Gearing, Fire Coordinator William Hunt, Fire Instructor Joseph Laviano, Fire Instructor Michael Stelling, Deputy Fire Coordinator George Keeler, Deputy Fire Coordinator Joseph Loeffler and Deputy Fire Coordinator Peter Harvey. Photo by R. E. Lindmark
Pictured receiving a $500 college scholarship award from the Columbia County Volunteer Firefighters Association ($250) and Columbia County Fire Chiefs Association ($250) is Germantown Firefighter Mitchell Black (center). Pictured (l-r) are: President Columbia County Fire Chief’s Association Thomas Rector, 2nd Vice President Columbia County Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Laura Foster, Mr. Black, President Columbia County Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Henry Swartz and Columbia County Fire Coordinator William Hunt. Photo by R.E. Lindmark