Prairie State College Announces Firefighter Graduates

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Prairie State College (PSC) prepares individuals to become trained firefighters and valuable members of their departments through the college’s Firefighter II certificate program. PSC recently held a ceremony recognizing the newest graduates from the program.

The graduates are Luis Bagatella, Chicago Heights Fire Department; Bryan Bialeki, Monee Fire Department; Harry Blaundin, Crete Fire Department; Christopher Davlantis, Chicago Heights Fire Department; Michael Digiulo, Chicago Heights Fire Department; Benjamin Faught, Monee Fire Department; Richard Franco, Chicago Heights Fire Department; Andres Fuentes, Monee Fire Department; Rogell Hamilton, Jr., Chicago Heights Fire Department; Timothy Kavanaugh, Burnham Fire Department; Andrew Kelley, Sauk Village Fire Department; Jason Kelly, Steger Estates Fire Department; Michael Kelly, Sauk Village Fire Department; Jason McCool, South Chicago Heights Fire Department; and Gregory Taylor, Chicago Heights Fire Department.

“The training required to become a firefighter is both mentally and physically demanding,” said Keith Damm, PSC’s fire science coordinator and training administrator of the Flossmoor Fire Department. “In completing the Firefighter II academy, these young firefighters have received a foundation of knowledge that I hope leads each and every one of them towards a long successful career in fire service.”

The Firefighter II program follows the standards of the National Fire Protection Association and the Office of the State Fire Marshall. Students participate in both classroom and field exercises taught and supervised by instructors from area fire departments.