From a South County Fire and Rescue news release.
Thirteen South County Fire recruits graduated from the Snohomish County Fire Training Academy in a ceremony at the Everett Performing Arts Center on Thursday night, December 19, 2019.
Jonathan (Todd) Bailey, Anthony Casanas, Brendan Cleary, Tracy Finch, Kyle Johnson, Everard Lewis II, Karl Long, Julian Markfield, Keanan Metcalfe, Daniel Nelson, Thomas Perillat, Ryan Scott, and Michael Swanson were among 30 recruits from five county departments who successfully completed the intensive 14-week academy.
Most of the training took place at the South County Fire Training Tower in the south Everett area.
During the graduation ceremony, Bailey was honored as class valedictorian. He also received the Engine Company Award given to the recruit who most consistently demonstrated excellence in engine company skills.
Bailey and Nelson were recognized for receiving First Whip, a leadership award presented each week during the academy. The title dates back to the days of horse-drawn fire apparatus. The first whip was the captain’s driver, his most skilled and trusted helper.
Casanas delivered the recruit class presentation.
South County Fire graduates will now complete three weeks of additional training on the department’s fire and emergency medical operations. After that, they will begin working in the fire authority’s 14 neighborhood fire stations in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and unincorporated Snohomish County.
South County Fire’s 13 newest recruits are, front from left: Karl Long, Thomas Perillat, Jonathan (Todd) Bailey, Julian Markfield, Anthony Casanas, and Brendan Cleary; back row: Daniel Nelson, Everard Lewis II, Ryan Scott, Kyle Johnson, Tracy Finch, Michael Swanson, and Keenan Metcalfe. Photo courtesy of South County Fire and Rescue.