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(April 13, 2018)

A class of 22 recruits graduated Friday from the Omaha Fire Department Training Academy.

“Each of you is responsible for shaping our department’s culture. Always be appreciative of your opportunity to serve,” said Fire Chief Dan Olsen.

The class completed three months of training at the academy and will now begin field training.

Mayor Jean Stothert administered the oath to the class. “All of you understand and accept the risks and rewards of public service, that’s why you are here,” said Mayor Stothert. “We set high standards of fairness, respect, ethics, honor, and transparency. These are the expectations of the citizens you serve. The oath you take today is your promise to uphold these standards, and protect and serve our city.”

Class Valedictorian Ross Passmore described the recruit class as “strong and diverse”, and called on the new firefighters to appreciate the small moments of their training that have created big memories.

”I challenge my fellow candidates to never forget the core values of professionalism, integrity and compassion.  This lays the groundwork of our service,” said Passmore.

2018 Firefighter Class:

Andrew Ashmore

Ashley Barna

Cody Beaudin

Payton Brannen

Bruno Caro

Corey Christian

Brooks Coleman

Marc Cruz

Joshua Fry

Richard Hiatt

Teila Huni

Gregg Larsen

Troy Little

Hunter Mathieu

Charles Miller

Ross Passmore

Daniel Roney

Eric Schack

Baylee Strachan

Brian Sydik

Robert Wesley

Torrance Whitaker

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