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Lake Stevens Fire Welcomes Fire Academy Graduates: Virnig, Pick and Harrott


After an intense 12 weeks of training at the North Bend Fire Academy, Paramedic/Firefighter Joe Virnig, Firefighter Chris Harrott, and Firefighter David Pick have graduated. There were 29 firefighters in their graduating class, representing 13 fire districts.

Paramedic/Firefighter Joe Virnig commented, “It was a privilege to attend the academy and I am forever grateful for the experience.  Not only did I learn things to help the community and my new brothers and sisters at Lake Stevens Fire; but I also got to make great strides with skills in becoming a future leader at Lake Stevens Fire.  This experience has given me a foundation to build off of for the rest of my career.”

Firefighter Chris Harrott said, “I had a great experience at the academy.  While being immersed in the training, I was able to fine tune my firefighting skills and broaden my knowledge and experience.  I also learned a lot about teamwork and leadership through my position as class leader.”

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Lake Stevens Fired Department Recruit Graduation

Firefighter David Pick commented, “The academy was a fantastic opportunity to learn and practice firefighter skills while creating and deepening relationships with new members of numerous departments around the area.  The team aspect of working and living together for 12 weeks of training is without a doubt one of the largest take-aways of the academy.”

During their October 31st, 2014 graduation ceremony all three members received the first Due Engine Company Award. Their individual exceptional performance at North Bend Fire Academy will benefit those they serve in Lake Stevens and their team at Lake Stevens Fire!

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