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Posted on: December 7, 2018

Orange County proudly hosts Firefighter 1 Graduation

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Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County recognized 31 men and women from 19 Fire Departments at the County’s Firefighter 1 graduation ceremony on Thursday night at the Emergency Services Center in Goshen.

Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois, Commissioner of Emergency Services Brendan Casey, Assistant District Attorney Chris Borek, Deputy Commissioner of Fire Services Vini Tankasali and Orange County Fire Training Chief Jim McCann attended the event. Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus shared his congratulations via a video message.

“It takes a special person to become a firefighter and I commend the graduates, along with the training instructors, participating fire departments, and their friends and families on being a part of this impressive achievement,” Tankasali said. “I offer my congratulations and best wishes as well as my gratitude to them all.”

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Firefighter 1 is a comprehensive and intensive introductory course required to become an Interior Firefighter. The course is comprised of 129 classroom hours and additional take home assignments. Courses were taught by Orange County Fire Instructors at the County’s Fire Training Center in New Hampton and also entailed lectures and hands on training sessions.


Orange County Firefighter 1 Graduates

Michael O’Reilly, Chester

Jeremiah Williams, Campbell Hall

Elizabeth Cashman, Circleville

Alphonse Crudalle, Cronomer Valley

Kris Richner, Florida

Glen Sudul, Florida

Mike Finn, Greenwood Lake

Joseph Minns, Greenwood Lake

Joshua Jones, Goodwill

Henry Speckman, Goshen

Vanessa Hernandez, Goshen

Jacob Sibley, Highland Falls

Joshua Keena, Highland Falls

Roger Waufle, Highland Falls

Christian Cardona, Middle Hope

Williams Amanitides, Monroe

Margie Cole, Monroe

Anthony Adams, Montgomery

Joshua Zalesky, New Windsor

Samantha Vandermark, Otisville

Ryan Grasso, South Blooming Grove

Patrick McCormick, South Blooming Grove

William Mock, Vails Gate

Leanne Keator, Walden

Ryan Denerley, Warwick

Korey Stokkeland, Warwick

Richard Pasiut, Warwick

Bryson Nieves, Warwick

Joshua Pinter, Winona Lake

Kirsten Fox, Winona Lake

Chris Cosgrove, Winona Lake

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