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Nineteen graduate from Maui Fire Department recruit class

The Maui Fire Department celebrated the graduation of 19 recruits, with 15 bound for county fire stations and four heading to state airport firefighting stations. MFD photo

The Maui News

Nineteen firefighters graduated from the Maui Fire Department’s 37th recruit class, with Lohiao Paoa named the most outstanding overall recruit, the department announced.

Recruits received their badges and took their oaths in a ceremony on Friday, with each selecting a special family member to carry out the traditional “pinning of the badge.”

Top recruits were also honored, including:

• Chase Alexander, Academics Award, for the highest scholastic average on all written course examinations.

• Chase Rogers, Functional Skills Award, for demonstrating the highest competency in functional skills assessments.

• Keo Wright-Pacarro, Firefighter Spirit, Ho’ulu Award, named for the late Fire Capt. Charles Iwata and presented to the recruit who displays a high moral character and exceptional attitude as well as respect and heart for others and the firefighting profession.

• Paoa, Most Outstanding, Overall Award, selected by recruit training officers and presented to the recruit who excelled in every phase of training, demonstrated outstanding leadership and an exceptional attitude and led the class in physical fitness.

Of the 19 who graduated from the department’s 28-week Recruit Training Program, 15 will be assigned to Maui County fire stations on Maui, Molokai and Lanai: Alexander, Joseph Bingham, Luke Brown, Rhys Buen, Taylor DeGuerra, Ryan Dickson, Jordan Dunn, Joshua Gruber, Troy Heen, Dylan Kane, Kendrick Komatsu, Paoa, Brian Park, Rogers and Brian Tanaka.

Four firefighters will serve at state Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting stations on Maui, Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii island: Elijah Calzo, Patrick Pendleton, Royce Needham and Wright-Pacarro.

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