Zionsville Fire Dept. swears in recruit class

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Recruit Class 2017-1 is, back row from left, Andrew Cammarata, Kellen Holt, Jason Powell, Dillon Rapp, Jake Simpson, Logan Beam and Dillon Frederickson. Front, from left, Tad Henderson, Kelcey McKenna, Matt Mellencamp, Abdullakh Abamislimov, Tre’ Schmitt, Vesselina Taylor, Cory Miller, Drew Shreve and Travis Bender. (Submitted photo)

The Zionsville Fire Dept. held a swearing-in ceremony May 25 to welcome 16 full-time probationary firefighters hired this year. The recruits were sworn in by Mayor Tim Haak and had their badges pinned on by friends and family members.

The recruits completed a 10-week academy that included classroom lectures, physical fitness training, live fire drills, vehicle extrication and more.

“The training doesn’t stop here. ZFD is continuously learning and preparing for different emergency situations in order to best serve the Zionsville community,” Zionsville Fire Chief James VanGorder stated in a press release.

Drew Shreve received the Biggest Leap-Physical Fitness award, Kelcey McKenna took home the Dedication Award and Travis Bender earned the Class Leadership Award.