OAK FOREST | The Fire Academy for the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System Division 24 recently held its graduation ceremony at Oak Forest's Gaelic Park.
There were 22 graduates, with participants from Thornton, South Holland, Harvey, Glenwood, Flossmoor, Phoenix and East Hazel Crest fire departments.
The academy director is Johnny Jones, a lieutenant with the Hazel Crest Fire Department; assistant academy director is Matt Berk, captain and training administrator for the Flossmoor Fire Department. Training chief for the academy is Bob Grabowski, chief of the Homewood Fire Department. Roger Agpawa, chief of the Country Club Hills Fire Department, is assistant training chief, and Jones is training coordinator. South Holland Fire Chief Don Bettenhausen presented the certificates.
The Brian Carey Award was also presented, named for Homewood firefighter Brian Carey, who died in the line of duty in 2010. The award went to Aldric "A.J." Hinton, of the Flossmoor Fire Department.
The graduates of the class were:
East Hazel Crest Fire Department - Anthony Arebalo, Preston Jackson, Krzysztof Szlembarski
Flossmoor Fire Department - Kyle Blatt, Evan Davenport, Craig Freberg, Michael Galen, Aldric Hinton, Clinton Langefeld, Brendan Marshall, Talon McNeil, Steven Wheeler
Glenwood Fire Department - Charles Chapman, Matthew Drause, Zachary Krause, Bradley Steinweg, Alison Wojack
Harvey Fire Department - Cameron Forbes
Phoenix Fire Department - Prince Woods
South Holland Fire Department - William Frye
Thornton Fire Department - Jeremy Klimasara, Adam Kukulski