On May 25, 2023, 18 probationary firefighters, representing 12 area fire companies, completed their preliminary training and graduated as the ninth class of the New Castle County Fire Academy, at ceremonies held at the Delaware State Fire School’s New Castle facility. The evening ceremony took advantage of beautiful late spring weather, with the graduation being held outdoors.

The new firefighters, and the companies they represent include: Jacob Abbott, Christiana Fire Company (FC); Christian Acker, Talleyville FC; Tyler Brock, Elsmere FC; Juan Chavez-Garcia, Elsmere FC; Evan Demaio, Talleyville FC; Bruno Esmeraldo, Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder, Company; Julie Griesback, Mill Creek FC; James Haddix, Five Points FC; Bayard Hollett, Elsmere FC; Richard Mitten, Christiana FC; Tyler Pellegrino, Aston Township Fire Department, PA; Anthony Ramos, Townend FC; Christopher Remedio, Talleyville FC; John Roderick, Holloway Terrace FC; Justin Sauble, Cheswold FC; Eric Stewart, Wilmington Manor FC; Zakey Trusty, Townsend; and Juan Vazquez, Volunteer Hose Company of Middletown.

– Fire News photos by Tom Mitten