Rigoberto Medina always wanted to be a firefighter growing up. He remembers as a kid watching the fire trucks pass by his house. After trying to get into the City of Newburgh Fire Department twice he finally got his chance.
“When you want something you never give up,” said Medina. “Coming up from a struggle you just have to push through and that will make all the difference in your life.”
Medina, along with Wytoskia Tyrell was sworn in with a brief ceremony on Thursday. They started training at the New York State Fire Academy this weekend and are expected to join the crew in 11 weeks.
A series of promotions took place at the ceremony as well. Michel Kiernan was promoted to Lieutenant, and Lieutenant Enrico LoCicero was promoted to Captain. Kiernan has been with the department since 2006 and LoCicero has been with the department since 1999.
According to Acting Fire Chief Terry Ahlers the promotions and the new Firefighters will allow the Department to respond to calls with 4 firefighters on each truck and bring a deduction in the over time.
“I had the privilege to attend the appointment of these firemen,” said Councilman Bob Sklarz. “It was personal for me because as a kid I lost everything to a fire in my apartment building. What I was impressed with is the very hardwork and dedication they do. I appreciate it.”