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Monroe Will Graduate 14th Fire Class July 2

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The Monroe Fire Department’s Basic Training Academy will graduate its 14th class on Friday, July 2, 2021. The ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at the Public Safety Center located at 1810 Martin Luther King Junior Dr.

The recruits began their 22-week academy on February 1, 2021. They’ve been challenged with lectures, assignments, and hands-on training in many different areas, including hazardous materials, firefighting, and emergency medical response.

The following ten recruits will graduate Friday:

Sydney Alston

Demontae Charleston

Maurice Dyer

A’Kella Jones

Matthew Mccaa

Colleen McCrary

Kale Perot

James Sanderlin

James Sanders

Domonic Wilson

Monroe Fire Chief Terry Williams says, “I am honored for each of these new firefighters to join the Monroe Fire Department. Over the past 22 weeks, these men and women have demonstrated their dedication to the citizens of the City of Monroe by working tirelessly to acquire the knowledge to become firefighters to serve the city at a moment’s notice. I am proud of their accomplishment, and I look forward to watching them grow and develop as the future of the fire service.”

Mayor Friday Ellis says he is “proud of the recruits and their commitment to keeping Monroe citizens safe. It’s a rare person who sees danger and runs towards it. Thank you for your fearless dedication to keeping our city safe.”

Originally from Monroe, Cory has worked in a variety of media. He has worked in television news and spent seven years as a TV sports play-by-play announcer. He was also creative director for a television advertising department and worked extensively as a photojournalist. Cory has lived in both Dallas and New Orleans.