UTICA, N.Y. – A ceremony was held in Utica Wednesday morning to honor recent graduates of the Utica Fire Academy.
The recruits spent more than 300 hours in training to get through the academy.
Fire Chief Scott Ingersoll says this class has had to endure additional challenges training during the coronavirus pandemic.
“You know between social distancing, constant cleaning, the testing for COVID every week; these recruits have put up with a lot. And it's challenged us emotionally, mentally, physically -- and they persevered and made their way through,” said Ingersoll.
Three of the graduates will be working right at the Utica Fire Department.
The 2020 graduates, who came from all over New York, received pins from Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri while family and friends looked on.
The ceremony was held outside to allow for social distancing.