Meet Raleigh’s New Firefighters – Recruit Academy 42 Graduates on Wednesday

October 3
Update. See these photos and video recordings:

September 24
On Wednesday night, September 27, thirty-six new firefighters will join the ranks of the Raleigh Fire Department. Recruit Academy 42 will graduate in a ceremony at 7:00 p.m. at the Fletcher Opera Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South Street.

The new firefighters have completed over 1,000 hours of classroom, practical and physical fitness training. Each of them will be certified by the State of North Carolina as a Firefighter Level II, Emergency Medical Technician, and Hazardous Materials Responder I.

Their 32-week academy started on February 20. And in a change from prior academies, fire training preceding EMT training, instead of following it. Most of their instruction was conducted at the Keeter Training Center in downtown Raleigh. Click to enlarge:

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Mike Legeros photo

Names and Faces

Back row, left to right:

  • Brady A. Alton – Greensboro, NC
  • Jason A. Rumpler – Boynton Beach, FL
  • Colby T. Stepp – Zebulon, NC
  • John R. Atkins – Lillington, NC
  • Joseph E Jensen – Wake Forest, NC
  • Dalton S. Tant – Bailey, NC
  • Jared P. Mickschl – La Crosse, WI
  • Mitchell A. Mallory – Raleigh, NC
  • Matthew C. Carithers – Four Oaks, NC
  • Andrew M. Perlak – Greentown, PA
  • Joshua A. Fritz – North Tonawanda, NY

Middle row, left to right:

  • Matthew G. Bledsoe – Raleigh, NC
  • Justin B. Hales – Zebulon, NC
  • Justin T. Casey – Goldsboro, NC
  • Daniel W. Dean – Raleigh, NC
  • Paul R. Krahe – Raleigh, NC
  • Joshua M. Lull – Raleigh, NC
  • Brandon M. Baucom – Wilson’s Mills, NC
  • Steven C. Merritt – Wendell, NC
  • Ross M. Hope – Miami, FL
  • Austin J. Partin – Pittsboro, NC
  • De’Quantia Jones – Augusta, GA
  • Robert E. Jones – Clayton, NC

Front row, left to right:

  • Brannden C. Campbell – Zebulon, NC
  • Johnathan T. Headen – Siler City, NC
  • Devin R. Callahan – Wake Forest, NC
  • Andre M. Fanto – Goldsboro, NC
  • Brett E. Siebel – Wake Forest, NC
  • Hannah R. Canterbury – Clayton, NC
  • Chase A. Golden – Pittsboro, NC
  • Jeremiah J. Davis – Raleigh, NC
  • Lebro C. Burnette – Queens, NY
  • Mary E. King – Wendell, NC
  • Bruce N. Rice – Wake Forest, NC
  • Lamarr P. Davis – Knightdale, NC
  • Jason E. Finnegan – New Canaan, CT

Family Connections

  • Alton – Brother-in-law of Firefighter Adam Walker
  • Atkins – Son of Capt. Chris Atkins
  • Baucom – Second cousin of Capt. Jerry Ward
  • Callahan – Stepson of Capt. Dominic Orlando
  • Campbell – Son of Capt. Doug Campbell
  • Hales – Nephew of Asst. Chief/Fire Marshal Keith Tessinear, nephew of Battalion Chief David Whitley
  • Merrit  – Cousin of Lt. Glenn Todd, Firefighter Harrison Todd, and Firefighter Joe Montague
  • Partin – Nephew of Capt. Phil Morgan
  • Siebel – Son of Capt. Richard Siebel
  • Tant – Son of Capt. Anthony Tant.

Raleigh Fire Department Explorer Post

  • Krahne – Former member.

Other Fire Department Connections

  • Archer Lodge FD – Canterbury, volunteer
  • Bailey FD – Tant, volunteer
  • Corinth Holders FD – Hales, volunteer
  • Durham FD – Dean, former career member
  • Elroy FD – Casey, volunteer
  • Four Oaks FD – Carithers, volunteer
  • Greensboro FD – Alton, former career member
  • Hampden Township FD (Pennsylvania) – Perlak, former career member
  • Lillington FD – Atkins, volunteer
  • Little River FD – Jones, volunteer
  • Marine Crops crash-fire-rescue – Rumpler, former career member
  • New Canaan FD (Connecticut) – Finnegan, former volunteer
  • Philadelphia FD – Mickshl, former career member
  • Silk Hope FD – Partin, volunteer
  • Stony Hill FD – Jensen, volunteer
  • Swift Creek FD – Bledsoe, volunteer
  • Wake Forest FD – King, former career member
  • Wake Forest FD – Mallory, volunteer
  • Wilson’s Mills FD – Baucom, volunteer
  • Zebulon FD – Stepp, volunteer

Historical Perspective

See this page of fire academy photos, from 1978 to 2016. Click a picture for information on each year’s graduating firefighters. 

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