Firefighters begin careers after academy graduation

Indiana Fire Training System District 4 Fire Academy Recruit Graduation. (WLFI Photo)
Indiana Fire Training System District 4 Fire Academy Recruit Graduation. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Sixteen people entered the auditorium inside of Harrison High School Thursday evening as ordinary citizens, but they left as firefighters.

The students spent the past four months training to become firefighters. They started in the classroom with book work and worked up to battling live burns.

The graduates look at this as one of the best ways for them to do what they can to help their communities.

Some of them said walking across the graduation stage might be the hardest part of it all.

“It’s nerve-racking. It’s exciting. It’s a huge accomplishment,” graduate Danny Vukobratovich said.

Class president Cody Miller said, “It’s a really big accomplishment. It’s been a long four months but being here right now, it’s a pretty good feeling.”

Indiana State Fire Marshal James Greeson was the keynote speaker for the ceremony.

News 18’s own Kayla Sullivan was the emcee of the event.

The graduates of Thursday’s Indiana Firefighter Training System District 4 include:

  • Michelle Applegate
  • Blake Ayers
  • Jason Borgetti
  • Joseph Fisher
  • Matthew Holcomb
  • Benjamin Kuhn
  • Jaclyn Lewis
  • Casey Lyman
  • Nancy McKinney
  • Cody Miller (Class President)
  • Lance Miller
  • Chad Mills
  • Skylar Reed
  • Emily Toler
  • Anthony Tudder
  • Danny Vukobratovich