12 receive certificates from firefighter recruit school
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Twelve men and women graduated from firefighter recruit school in a ceremony  Friday. Graduates and chiefs attending include, front row from left, Shane Ramey, Shannon Roberts, Jordan Walden, Matthew Knowles and James Torrance, and back row from left, Field Operations Chief Greg Erdely, Assistant Fire Chief Eddie Robinson, Danyell Chalk, Tyler Coker, Bradley Dobbins, Blake Gilder, Peter Lenas, Stefan St. Peter, Nicholas Van Weele and Fire Chief Tim Prather. <br>Special to the Tribune
Twelve men and women graduated from firefighter recruit school in a ceremony Friday. Graduates and chiefs attending include, front row from left, Shane Ramey, Shannon Roberts, Jordan Walden, Matthew Knowles and James Torrance, and back row from left, Field Operations Chief Greg Erdely, Assistant Fire Chief Eddie Robinson, Danyell Chalk, Tyler Coker, Bradley Dobbins, Blake Gilder, Peter Lenas, Stefan St. Peter, Nicholas Van Weele and Fire Chief Tim Prather.
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Twelve new fire recruits graduated from firefighter recruit school during ceremonies Friday night at the Cherokee High School Auditorium.

Recruits receiving certificates were Danyell Chalk, Tyler Coker, Bradley Dobbins, Blake Gilder, Matthew Knowles, Peter Lenas, Shane Ramey, Shannon Roberts, Stefan St. Peter, James Torrance, Nicholas Van Weele and Jordan Walden.

The keynote speaker for the evening was retired Atlanta Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Dan Diehl.

Before firefighters received their certificates, several of the recruits received special awards.

The recipient of the Pinnacle Award for dedication and hard work during the class was to Stefan St. Peter.

The W. Clark Waters Jr. Honor Graduate Award was presented to James Torrance. The award was named on behalf of Clark Waters, a Cherokee County firefighter who passed away in 2004. Roberts was given the award in recognition of excellence in academics and leadership.

Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather, Assistant Fire Chief Eddie Robinson and Field Operations Chief Greg Erdely came forward and congratulated the new recruits and welcomed them to Cherokee County fire services.

After receiving their certificates, the graduate received the firefighter oath from Cherokee County Assistant Fire Chief Tim Prather.

The final moments of the graduation included comments from the training instructors Sgt. Scott Deal and Capt. Tom Pelletier.

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