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Nine new firefighters graduate from academy

LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The Lawton Fire Department graduated nine new firefighters in a ceremony at City Hall.

The ceremony began with a posting of colors by the Lawton Fire Department Honor Guard and was followed by a speech from Chris Neal, the Director of the Council on Firefighter Training.

The graduates began training in September going through basic and advanced EMT courses before moving on to the fire portion. One firefighter says completing the academy was like a dream come true.

"It was a lifelong dream. My grandfather was a firefighter. I gave up teaching and coaching to pursue this, so it's something that, being able to give back to the community that I grew up in was an honor for me to do," explained Kyle Elam.

Elam says in addition to the fire training, he really enjoyed bonding with the guys. This evening, they will hit the streets, putting their skills to the test.

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