Joshua Garris, Samuel Pridgen, Brian Beddingfield, Bryan Boydand, Christopher Carlos and Matthew Smith, left to right, recently graduated from Nash Community CollegeХs Recruit Firefighter Academy. At far right is NCC Fire and Health Services Director John Winstead.

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Joshua Garris, Samuel Pridgen, Brian Beddingfield, Bryan Boydand, Christopher Carlos and Matthew Smith, left to right, recently graduated from Nash Community CollegeХs Recruit Firefighter Academy. At far right is NCC Fire and Health Services Director John Winstead.

Six graduate from NCC Firefighter Academy

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Six graduates were recently recognized for completing Nash Community College’s Recruit Firefighter Academy.

Joshua Garris, Samuel Pridgen, Brian Beddingfield, Bryan Boydand, Christopher Carlos and Matthew Smith completed the program, which is designed to provide individuals with the information and skills needed to become a firefighter and public servant. A variety of learning experiences and training scenarios are utilized. The classes are conducted through partnerships with local departments and at training sites throughout Nash County.Several awards were presented during the graduation ceremony. Joshua Garris received the Academic Award for acquiring the highest overall average. Garris was also selected by his peers to receive the Flame award for being the most “outstanding” recruit.

The recipient of the Instructional Excellence Award was Rocky Mount Fire Cap. Jonathan Malinowski. He was selected by the graduating class as the instructor having the most positive impact on their training.