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Some 400 family, friends and fellow firefighters honored 29 new fire cadets to the Los Alamos Fire Department during a special ceremony at Duane Smith Auditorium Saturday. The 19th recruitment class is comprised of two women and 27 men.
"The biggest challenge for me, being a smaller size, was the physical portion of our training - but I did it," Fire Cadet Emmy Sweers said. "It's amazing how much they are able to train us during the 20-week academy. My favorite part was going down to Socorro and working with live fires."
Sweers, 30, was born and raised in Los Alamos and has family here and in Santa Fe. She first felt the call to serve following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, she said.
Sweers worked for a time with the area ski patrol before deciding on the LAFD. "It's the ideal career to keep me active, get me out in the community and allow me to help people," she said.
Fire Cadet Joe Peltier arrived in Los Alamos three years ago from Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He intended to enter the academy that year but missed the deadline. He worked under a student program at Los Alamos National Laboratory until he joined the latest recruit class in July.
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