Justin Nelson, a VIFR EMT, graduated from the Basic Firefighter Recruit Academy at the Washington State Fire Training Academy on July 12th. The Recruits trained for 11 weekends and a total of 220 hours. The program led to certification as a Firefighter I and certifications in Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations. His wife, daughter, mom, step-dad, aunt, and grandparents all attended the graduation ceremony. The class motto was “Family Over Everything”. The recruits voted on a “Bulldog Award” winner each week, which goes to an individual who demonstrated hard work, perseverance, and rising above difficulty, and Recruit Nelson was one of the recipients. He also served on the Honor Guard for the recruit class. Congratulations to Firefighter Nelson!
Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Justin Nelson appears with his graduating class second from the right, back row.