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New Firefighter Badge Pinning Ceremony Includes Surprise Marriage Proposal
Firefighter Recruits from Three Middle Tennessee Departments Graduate from Franklin Firefighter Training Academy
Franklin, TN – Recruit firefighters from three Middle Tennessee departments graduated from the Franklin Fire Department’s Firefighter Training Academy in a badge pinning ceremony held today at the Eastern Flank Event Facility.
The graduates who successfully completed 15 weeks of intense training are Peter Dwyer (Paramedic), Andrew Belles, Tyler Earles, Brittany Greenlee, Ryan Forber, Alexander Kozakiewicz, Sean Norton, Susannah Ponzio, and Juan Walker of the Franklin Fire Department; Jarrett Driver and Tyler McCrory of the Lawrenceburg Fire Department; and Luke Bogda of the Maury County Fire Department.
Additionally, three other newly-appointed Franklin Firefighters were also pinned at the ceremony. Tyler Barnes, Brandi Holland, and Tyler Ramos were hired in August as veteran firefighters who obtained their firefighter certifications while employed with other departments.
In keeping with fire service tradition, the firefighters were pinned by their loved ones. This year’s ceremony also included a surprise marriage proposal! After receiving his badge, Franklin Firefighter Andrew Belles got on one knee and popped the question to Trichelle McCormack. She said “Yes!”
The Franklin Fire Department’s in-house training staff includes Battalion Chief Jimmy Jennings, Captains Michael Pardue and Greg Wild, and EMS Officer Sarah Glenn. Their efforts are supported heavily by firefighters and officers from the department who serve as instructors throughout the academy.
Group photo – Back row: Firefighters Tyler Ramos, Tyler Barnes, Ryan Forber, Andrew Belles, Luke Bogda (Maury County), Peter Dwyer, Alexander Kozakiewicz, Juan Walker, Tyler McCrory (Lawrenceburg), and Captain Greg Wild. Front row: Battalion Chief Jimmy Jennings, Firefighters Brandi Holland, Sean Norton, Suzannah Ponzio, Brittany Greenlee, Tyler Earles, Jarrett Driver (Lawrenceburg), and Captain Michael Pardue.
Additional photos: Franklin Firefighter Andrew Belles and fiancée Trichelle McCormack.