Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Twenty Two Graduate From Firefighter Recruit School

October 5, 2018

Twenty two new fire recruits graduated from firefighter recruit school during ceremonies held last night in the auditorium at River Ridge High School near Woodstock. The evening began with a welcome and introductions by Capt. Scott Deal and the invocation by Fire Chaplain, Don Williams, followed by the presentation of colors by the Cherokee County Fire Honor Guard and the singing of the national anthem by Darrek Cornelison.

Before the presentation of the certificates of completion, a slideshow was shown and gifts were presented to some of the fire training officers by Trevor Newberry, Class Spokesman and Colton Prather, Class Leader. Three special achievement awards were presented to three members of the recruit class. The W. Clark Waters' Jr. Honor Graduate Award was presented to Spencer Williams. The award was named on behalf of Clark Waters, a Cherokee County firefighter, who passed away in 2004. The recipient of the Pinnacle Award for striving to "reach the top" due to dedication and hard-work in the firefighter recruit school class was presented to Colton Prather. Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, came forward to introduce and new award called The Star of Life Award in honor of Dr. Jill Mabley who is currently the Medical Director for the fire department. Prather presented Mabley with a plaque and thanked her for her continued commitment to educate firefighters about emergency medical services in order to provide better care to our citizens. The first Star of Life Award was presented at the recent paramedic graduation this past August, however, Dr. Mabley was unable to attend. Mabley presented the second Star of Life Award last night to Michael Zapeta for putting forth “extra effort”, positively impacting peers and successfully working through challenges in the EMT program.

Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson, came forward and congratulated the new recruits and welcomed them to the Cherokee County Fire family. Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, came to the podium and presented L. B. “Buzz Ahrens” with an award and thanked him for his support of the fire department during the past several years. Earlier this year, Ahrens announced that he would not seek re-election to the chairmanship post. After the award presentation to Ahrens, Prather turned his attention to the new graduates and encouraged them to keep their faith, family and job as their main priorities in their life. Chief Prather then asked the recruits to stand for the firefighter oath and the presentation of their certificates of completion.

Those recruits receiving certificates were: Parker Cazier, Jacob Christian, Pedro Figueroa, Jonathan Fournier, Williston Greene, Evan Halik, Coleman Harris, Deombre Jones, Wesley Korsch, Eric Lusk, Landon McQuillen, Trevor Newberry, Joshua Palmer, Colton Prather, Korey Satterfield, Keven Shelor, Robert Tompkins, Garrett Townsend, David Webb, Spencer Williams, Wayne Williams and Michael Zapeta.

Congratulations to the new graduates!

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Attending the graduation ceremony last night were (Back row, left to right): Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson, Operations Chief, Shane West, Chaplain Don Williams, Capt. Scott Deal, Wesley Korsch, Wayne Williams, Jacob Christian, Pedro Figueroa, Lt. Danny Carder, Jim Laughlin, Sgt. Ethan Garner, Sgt. Nate Sullivan and  Sgt. Chris Martin (Middle row – left to right) Coleman Harris, Michael Zapeta, Garrett Townsend, Colton Prather, Williston Greene, London McQuillen, Spencer Williams, Joshua Palmer, Eric Lusk and David Webb (Front row – left to right) Evan Halik, Korey Satterfield, Deombre Jones, Robert Tompkins, Trevor Newberry and Jonathan Fournier.
Attending the graduation ceremony last night were (Back row, left to right): Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson, Operations Chief, Shane West, Chaplain Don Williams, Capt. Scott Deal, Wesley Korsch, Wayne Williams, Jacob Christian, Pedro Figueroa, Lt. Danny Carder, Jim Laughlin, Sgt. Ethan Garner, Sgt. Nate Sullivan and Sgt. Chris Martin (Middle row – left to right) Coleman Harris, Michael Zapeta, Garrett Townsend, Colton Prather, Williston Greene, London McQuillen, Spencer Williams, Joshua Palmer, Eric Lusk and David Webb (Front row – left to right) Evan Halik, Korey Satterfield, Deombre Jones, Robert Tompkins, Trevor Newberry and Jonathan Fournier. (click image for slideshow)
Capt. Scott Deal gives the official welcome and introductions.
Capt. Scott Deal gives the official welcome and introductions.
The Cherokee County Honor Guard come forward to present the colors.
The Cherokee County Honor Guard come forward to present the colors.
Darrek Cornelison sings the National Anthem.
Darrek Cornelison sings the National Anthem.
The Clark Waters Award is presented to Spencer Williams by Fire Instructor, Jim Laughlin.
The Clark Waters Award is presented to Spencer Williams by Fire Instructor, Jim Laughlin.
The Pinnacle Award is presented to Colton Prather by Sgt. Ethan Garner.
The Pinnacle Award is presented to Colton Prather by Sgt. Ethan Garner.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, honors Dr. Jill Mabley, Medical Director for Cherokee County Fire and EMS.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, honors Dr. Jill Mabley, Medical Director for Cherokee County Fire and EMS.
Michael Zapeta (center) receives the Star of Life Award from Sgt. Nate Sullivan and Dr. Jill Mabley.
Michael Zapeta (center) receives the Star of Life Award from Sgt. Nate Sullivan and Dr. Jill Mabley.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, recognizes L. B.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, recognizes L. B. "Buzz" Ahrens, Chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners, for his support of the fire department.
Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson, comes forward to say a few words.
Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson, comes forward to say a few words.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, comes forward to give the oath to the new recruits.
Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, comes forward to give the oath to the new recruits.
The new recruits take the oath and the large audience looks on.
The new recruits take the oath and the large audience looks on.
The new firefighters learn which station they will be working at during their new career.
The new firefighters learn which station they will be working at during their new career.