Congratulations Matt Hand
PHILADELPHIA FIRE DEPARTMENT ALPHA 2009 CADET CLASS
GRADUATION CEREMONY ON Monday September 28, 2009
The Philadelphia Fire Department will hold graduation ceremonies for the Alpha Firefighter Cadet Class on Monday September 28, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the Philadelphia Fire Academy, 5200 Pennypack Street. The graduation class is comprised of twelve (12) Firefighter Cadets. The Firefighter Cadets will be assigned to fire stations throughout Philadelphia, Chester and Upper Darby PA.
Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers will administer the Oath of Office and offer congratulatory remarks.
The Academic Achievement Award will be presented to recognize the academic excellence and effort put forth by the top cadet throughout the entire 16-week training period. This award will be presented to Cadet John Paul Shirley of the Chester Fire Department.
The Physical Fitness Award is based on the combination of the results from a mile and a half run and the “Skills Proficiency Course”, which is a series of 12 timed, firefighting evolutions. The Physical Fitness Award will be presented to Cadet Matthew Hand of the Chester Fire Department.
The Commissioner’s Leadership Award, which is given to that cadet whose exemplary conduct has most demonstrated the positive qualities of Fire Department leadership, will be given to Cadet Mark St. Marie.
The Fellowship Award, which is given to the cadet whose conduct has most demonstrated goodwill and devotion to the Department and to his or her fellow cadets, will be presented to Cadet David Gallagher of the Upper-Darby Fire Department.
The Spirit Award winner, which is selected by the cadets themselves, will be presented to that individual which represents all of the positive qualities of the Alpha 2009 Cadet Class… from the students’ point of view. The Spirit Award recipient will be Cadet John Paul Shirley of the Chester Fire Department.
The ceremonies will conclude with Cadet Mark St. Marie of the Philadelphia Fire Department speaking on behalf of the class. The criteria used to select the class spokesperson was based on an evaluation of one’s character, work ethic, maturity and most of all, the level of commitment given to meet the physical, mental and emotional challenges that were presented to the cadets upon entering the Academy.