The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System is honored to announce the graduation of 110 volunteer first responder personnel who successfully completed various levels of fire and rescue training. A graduation ceremony was held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at Cornerstone Chapel Church in Leesburg and recognized the accomplishments of numerous men and women who have made the ultimate commitment to serve their communities.
Eighty-eight students completed the Emergency Medical Technician and 22 students completed the Firefighter I-II course. All of the graduates spent countless hours over the last six months in demanding training programs preparing for Loudoun County, Virginia State and National Certification examinations.
System Chief Keith H. Johnson, Board of Supervisor Chair At-Large Phyllis Randall, and Algonkian District Supervisor Suzanne Volpe, attended the ceremony to recognize the graduates. Chair Randall and Supervisor Volpe addressed the graduates, recognizing students for their professionalism and compassion when citizens are at their worst. All speakers graciously thanked the graduates for their time and dedication given to the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System.
During the ceremony each class coordinator presented honorary awards to the top student in each class. Top students are chosen for their high level of dedication, academic performance, punctuality, and their ability to lead and motivate others. The top students recognized during the ceremony included: Kristen Counterman, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and EMS; Gabriel Fulton, Round Hill Volunteer Fire and EMS and Purcellville Volunteer Rescue; Mitch Lison, Leesburg Volunteer Fire; Evan McVey, Purcellville Volunteer Rescue and Purcellville Volunteer Fire; Taylor Stowe, Purcellville Volunteer Rescue; Sarah Wilkinson, Loudoun Volunteer Rescue; and Ruiqi Zhang, Leesburg Volunteer Fire.
For more information about the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System visit www.loudoun.gov/fire. To learn about fire and rescue volunteer opportunities, visit www.OpenNewDoors.org.