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The Maui Fire Department celebrated the graduation of 19 recruits, including 15 destined for county fire stations and four destined for state airport fire stations. MFD photo

Nineteen firefighters graduated from the 37th Maui Fire Department Recruit Class, with Lohiao Paoa named the Most Outstanding Overall Recruit, the service said.

The recruits received their badges and were sworn in in a ceremony Friday, each selecting a special family member to perform the traditional “Badge pinning”.

The top recruits were also honored, including:

• Chase Alexander, Academics Award, for the highest academic average on all written exams.

• Chase Rogers, Functional Skills Award, for demonstrating the highest proficiency in functional skills assessment.

• Keo Wright-Pacarro, Firefighter Spirit, Ho’ulu Award, named in honor of the late Fire Capt. Charles Iwata and introduced to the recruit who demonstrates high moral standards and an exceptional attitude as well as respect and heart for others and the profession of firefighter.

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

Of the 19 graduates of the department’s 28-week recruit training program, 15 will be assigned to Maui County Fire Stations in 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 the airport rescue and firefighting stations in Maui, Oahu, Kauai and the Island of Hawaii: Elijah Calzo, Patrick Pendleton, Royce Needham and Wright-Pacarro.

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