May 28, 2013
(West Palm Beach, FL) – There are four new firefighters on the streets of West Palm Beach today after their graduation ceremony Friday evening.
As family, friends, and fellow firefighters looked on, West Palm Beach Fire Rescue badges #729, #730, #731 and #732 were issued to four of West Palm Beach’s bravest.
West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Chief Carlos Cabrera was joined by Captain Guy Montante and Lieutenant Brian Walker as the new recruits joined one of the nation’s oldest and most historic fire departments.
In 1894, The Flagler Alerts, as they were called, would prove to be the first firefighters in South Florida. These first volunteers were named the Flagler Alerts to honor Henry Flagler who had donated the first pieces of firefighting apparatus, a hand pulled hose reel and a hand drawn and operated pump to supply water to fight fires.
West Palm Beach Fire Rescue has been serving residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 119 years.
Photos of the four new firefighters are below.
New West Palm Beach firefighter Claudui Buhai has badge #729 pinned by Chief Cabrera.
New West Palm Beach firefighter Cody Duket has badge #730 pinned by his mother.
New West Palm Beach firefighter Ryan Sharman has badge #731 pinned by his father.