Five Fort Knox Middle High School Class of 2022 seniors receive recognition May 10 for their participation in firefighter training to obtain the 150-hour state of Kentucky certification.
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FORT KNOX, Ky. – Five Fort Knox Middle High School graduating seniors were honored May 10 for their efforts to become certified firefighters over the course of the 2021-22 school year.

For the second year, the Fort Knox Fire Department offered a unique program where students can participate in firefighter training which, if fully completed, will result in them earning Kentucky’s 150-hour certification. Assistant Chief of Training Jacob Geer presented their certificates at the school’s Senior Awards Night event.

One of five Fort Knox Middle High School Class of 2022 seniors participating in the 150-hour firefighter certification program works to extinguish flames in a simulated car fire Nov. 19.
One of five Fort Knox Middle High School Class of 2022 seniors participating in the 150-hour firefighter certification program works to extinguish flames in a simulated car fire Nov. 19. (Photo Credit: Jenn DeHaan, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL

“Now, they can go out in the state of Kentucky and get paid, and get on a firetruck and go fight a fire – because they’re certified,” said Geer.

Alexis Dowler, Jacob Guffee, Kenneth Shelmety and Owen Star all received their official certification through the Kentucky State Fire Commission, and Xarek Cusimano earned a certificate of achievement.

Fort Knox Middle High School seniors participating in the 150-hour firefighter certification program attend a multi-department specialized training event Jan. 15, 2022.
Fort Knox Middle High School seniors participating in the 150-hour firefighter certification program attend a multi-department specialized training event Jan. 15, 2022. (Photo Credit: Jenn DeHaan, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL

Star has applied to the Radcliff Fire Department and will complete his testing May 14. Geer said the teamwork and dedication that all five showed throughout the course of the program demonstrated their level of commitment.

Fort Knox Middle High School seniors participating in the 150-hour firefighter certification program take part in a multi-department structure fire training April 27, 2022.
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“They did not get a grade for this. They did not get paid for this. They volunteered to do this because they want to give back to the community,” said Geer. “I compliment these guys and really appreciate everything they put into it.”