04/08/2022 Graduation of Career Recruit Firefighter Class #BW18 Bridgewater MA
04/08/2022 - BRIDGEWATER, MASSACHUSETTS (PLYMOUTH COUNTY) - At 1100 hours on the morning of Friday, April 8, 2022 the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy held a graduation for Career Recruit Firefighting Class #BW-18 at their Bridgewater campus. This graduation was held simultaneously as the 300th career recruit class graduation that was held at the Stow campus. Eighteen recruits, representing twelve communities completed the 10-week program held at the Bridgewater campus of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, while also attending the Stow campus for some specialized training during their 10-weeks. The audience was filled with firefighters, friends, and family members of the graduates. The Master of Ceremonies of the event was Recruit Programs Coordinator Dennis Ball. Deputy State Fire Marshal Maribel Fournier addressed the graduates and those in attendance, sharing some words of wisdom to the new graduates. Lieutenant Paul Medeiros of the Massachusetts Fire Training Council presented the Outstanding Student Award to Centerville-Osterville-Marston Mills Firefighter Matthew DePippo for his hard work during the academy. DePippo also addressed the audience as the Student Spokesman near the end of the ceremony. Along with some of his classmates, they presented the academy instructors a class plaque to be hung up at the academy. The graduates of Bridgewater Class-18 were: John Conaty, Peter Donovan and Matthew McCabe of the Belmont Fire Department, Matthew DePippo and John Green of the Centerville-Osterville-Marston Mills Fire Department, Kyle DiFrancesco and Samuel Hammond of the Dennis Fire Department, Spencer Espinola of the Fairhaven Fire Department, Jean-Marc Thelussaint of the Hanover Fire Department, Stephen Imparato of the Harwich Fire Department, Jason Kirby of the Lakeville Fire Department, Michael Lupisella and Alexander Peckham of the Marlborough Fire Department, Shane Couming of the Mendon Fire Department, Geury De La Cruz and Cody Caponi of the Peabody Fire Department, Fernando Baez of the Salem Fire Department, and Justin Everson of the Whitman Fire Department.