TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 12, 2013) - The Tallahassee Fire
Academy will graduate its thirteenth class this Thursday, June 13, at 7p.m. in a
ceremony at the Florida Public Safety Institute’s Conference Center.
Assistant Director Lt. Colonel Mark Sauls of the Division
of State Fire Marshal will be the evening’s guest speaker.
In addition to 450 hours of course work, the 31
graduating students also learned the importance of giving back to the
“We require the students to develop a community service
project in order to instill a strong sense of servant leadership and civic
responsibility,” said Melvin Stone, Tallahassee Fire Academy director. “The
project reinforces the meaning of community involvement, raises awareness
regarding those who are less fortunate and it allows them to be actively
engaged in a humanitarian initiative.”
Under Stone’s leadership, each class is required to
organize a class project in which it raises money to present to a local
charity. While Stone serves as a guide throughout the project, the students
have final say in what the fundraising event will be and where the proceeds
On May 19, Class 013 held a car wash and raised $2,500. The
students will present half to the Tallahassee Professional Firefighters
Foundation, Inc. and half to the American Red Cross. The class is also credited
with raising an additional $500 through the class officers assisting in an
American Red Cross’ fundraising event at the Goodwood Museum on April 19.
“The officers’ decision to assist the Red Cross above and
beyond what they are required to do epitomizes the message of public service
and was a life changing moment for all of us at the Tallahassee Fire Academy,”
said Director Stone.
Looking ahead, Class 013 graduates are scheduled to take
a two-part state examination on June 18 and 19. Results from the exam will be
available in July.
With an average pass rate of 90 percent on the written
and practical exam, the Tallahassee Fire Academy has catapulted into the upper
echelon of the 42 academies in the state of Florida.
During Thursday’s ceremony, the Tallahassee Fire Academy
will also present the following individual awards: The Executive Directors
Award, the Leadership Award and the coveted Isaac Royal Memorial Award, an
award given in honor of a former firefighter who died in 1981 at the age of 26.
The award recognizes the firefighter recruit who leads by example in all
categories, mobilizes and unifies people and works to ensure the success of him-
or herself and others.
Class 013 graduates are:
- Allbritton, Brenden W.
- Arthur, William T.*
- Brannen, Samuel L.
- Brennan, Logan M.
- Burnett, Kaitlyn S.
- Burns, Thomas J.
- Carney, Stephen W.
- Clark, Ryan A.
- Curtis, Yoklana S.*
- D'Attilo, David A.
- D'Attilo, Scott N.
- Davis, Elizabeth C.
- Dukes, Xzavier D.*
- Estimphil, Bilthon
- Fernandez, Sergio G.
- Gaines, Brandon C.
- Harris, Samuel L
- Jones, Chazjuan D.
- Matthews, Jesse H.
- Mishler, Doug L.*
- Moody, Justin B.*
- Parker, Ryan L.
- Pete, Sheldon L.
- Pierce, Brett
- Roberts, Christopher
- Steele, Jesse A.
- Stevens Jr., Robert M.
- Strauss, Cody G.
- Thompson, William T.
- Ware, Nicholas A.
- Woodson Jr., Joseph M.
* - denotes squad leader
Fire Academy Class 014 begins July 8 and applications are
now being accepted for Class 015, which is scheduled to begin in January 2014.
information on the Tallahassee Fire Academy, contact Melvin Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 558-4366.