CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Kim McMillan on Friday administered the oath to seven new Clarksville Fire Rescue firefighters who recently completed six weeks of initial training at the Tennessee Fire Service Academy.
The oath and pinning ceremony was attended by several dozen spouses, children and family members who cheered the firefighters into their new careers.
The seven newly sworn Clarksville firefighters are: Brooklyn Lyle, Robert Bruce, Josh Banker, Luke Culwell, Sean Humphries, Ja’Kyari Jenkins and Michael Johns.
“One of the best parts of my job is to be able to give the oath to new public servants in front of their happy families and friends,” Mayor McMillan said. “Your oath is important, and we’re counting on you to take it seriously and provide great service to Clarksville’s citizens.”
The new recruits were hired to fill vacancies left by recent retirements, promotions and departures at Clarksville Fire Rescue. They join 20 new firefighters sworn in last October, hired mainly to fill positions required by staffing the new Fire Station 11 near on Tylertown Road near Exit 1.
Fire Rescue Chief Mike Roberts introduced the department’s training staff and senior leadership to the new hires.
“This is a dangerous job, and these leaders are here to help you and train you,” Roberts said. “You’ll find this isn’t a job you’ve taken on, but a career with responsibilities to serve others. You won’t get rich, but you’ll get enriched.”
Deputy Fire Chief Ray Williams, left, Mayor Kim McMillan and Fire Chief Mike Roberts joined to welcome seven new firefighters to Clarksville Fire Rescue on Friday, May 12. The new firefighers are Brooklyn Lyle, Robert Bruce, Josh Banker, Luke Culwell, Sean Humphries, Ja’Kyari Jenkins and Michael Johns.