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For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, December  19, 2006

Goodyear Fire Academy Graduates Eight New Firefighters


(Goodyear, AZ)  The Goodyear Fire Department is proud to announce the graduation of eight new firefighters from Class 06-1 of Goodyear’s own fire academy.  The event will be held Friday, Dec. 22 at  

1 p.m. at Desert Edge High School Auditorium, 15778 W. Yuma Rd.  The public is invited to join the graduating class and their families in this celebration of their success.


Lonnie Downing, Rick Napolitano, Thomas Hofer, Liam Tierney, Jeff Paulk, Lora Pinkerton, Anthony Martin, and Kenneth Heng are this year’s graduating class. Keynote speaker Chief Dennis Compton, former Assistant Phoenix Fire Chief and former Mesa Fire Chief, will provide the new firefighters words of wisdom from his many years of fire experience.


These eight new members of the Goodyear Fire Department have completed a rigorous, 15-week training academy at which they gained basic knowledge and skills required to become full-fledged firefighters.  Prior to attending the academy these firefighters were successful in meeting the challenges of a demanding testing process that included a written test, physical fitness evaluation, and two interview boards.


This is the third full-time fire academy conducted by Goodyear in an effort to meet the needs of its growing community.


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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749