By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

What an honor to be the keynote speaker at this week’s COD Fire and Police Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony.  With a full house at the McCallum Theater, several hundred family members, friends, Police and Fire Chiefs along with their respective personnel watched as 23 future Firefighters and 38 future Police Officers received their state certificates of training.

Both recruit classes have spent hundreds of hours with intense training academically, mentally and physically before graduating. Kudos to: Neil Lingle, COD Director of Public Safety; Scott Ventura, Fire Tech Coordinator; Walt Holloway, Fire Academy Coordinator; and Walter Meyer, Peace Officer Coordinator, along with the COD PSA Staff and Instructors for a first class public safety program for our future Police Officers and Firefighters.

Daniel McCloud received the top Fire Cadet award and Josh Gaeta and Anthony Garcia received top Police Cadet awards. Congratulations to all of the recruits!