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Recruits graduate from firefighting academy

Firefighting 'not a hobby, it's a commitment'

The recruit firefighters had a “stoic look of determination,” said State Rep. Peter Durant. Amanda Collins. (click for larger version)
June 19, 2012
SPENCER — Thirty-five recruit firefighters graduated from Fire District 7 training last Thursday night, June 14, at a ceremony at David Prouty High School.

While the mood was celebratory, the setting provided a somber reminder of the role of a firefighter. A little over a week before the June 14 graduation, a fire on Cherry Street claimed the life of a 57-year-old Spencer resident, while another right across the street from the high school just two days later engulfed an apartment building and left 16 people homeless.

"The other side of the equation is the people were saved, and neighbor's houses that were saved," State Rep. Anne Gobi told the recruits as they prepared to embark on the beginning of their careers as firefighters.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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