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Tallahassee Fire Academy graduates Class 015

The T​allahassee Fire Academy will graduate its fifteenth class at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 12, at the Florida Public Safety Institute’s Conference Center.

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 Academy.”

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 or call (850) 558-4366.

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