Director Bryan Koon of the Florida Division of Emergency Management
will be the evening’s guest speaker.
In addition to 450 hours of course work, the 29 graduating
students also learned the importance of giving back to the community.
“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 will go.
On April 19 Class 015 held a car wash and
raised approximately $2,800. The
students presented a check in the amount $1,800 to the Fallen Firefighter
Memorial Monument at the Florida State Capital thereafter.
The students will present $1,000 to the Florida Public Safety
Legacy Walk on June 12, 2014 during the Graduation Ceremony.
“The Officers decision to assist the Fallen Firefighter Memorial
Monument at the Florida State Capital 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
Looking ahead, Class 015 graduates are scheduled to take a
two-part state examination on June 19th and June 20, 2014.
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 40 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,
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 Himself
/Herself and others.
Class 013 graduates are:
David A. Abels
Ross C. Allen
Chase H. Barineau
Keifer D. Barnes
Clifford Barren, Jr.
Brian R. Basford*
Jacob A. Blume*
Jason K. Brooks
Gavin B. Dickinson
James G. Dykes
Christian M. Gonsowski
Patricia E. Gordon*
Patrick L. Gould
Cristgen D. Graham
Andrew Green, Jr.
Logan L. Grigg
Adam L. Haire
David C. Hill*
Rashad M. Johnson
Matthew J. Lunn
Jeffrey P. Mainwood
John P. Malott*
Rodney L.C. McCammon, II
Jack W. McKinnon, Jr.
Jeffrey D. McNulty
Luke V. Razzano*
Christopher L. Roberts, Jr.
William S. Starnes
Joshua C. Stephens
NOTE: * - denotes squad leader
Fire Academy Class 016 begins July 7 and applications are now
being accepted for Class 017, which is scheduled to begin in January 2015.
For more information on the Tallahassee Fire Academy, contact
Melvin Stone at email@example.com or
call (850) 558-4366.