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Franklin Fire Department welcomes new recruits

Franklin fire new recruits
From left to right, front row: Firefighters Hunter Tenpenny, Austin Patterson, Tanner Augello, and Matthew Cheatham. Middle row: Captain David Kolak, Battalion Chief Ben Marler, and Lieutenant Jeremy Martin. Back row: Assistant Fire Chief Greg Baltimore, and Fire Chief Glenn Johnson.

The Franklin Fire Department welcomed four new firefighters into its ranks during a graduation ceremony.  Tanner Augello, Matthew Cheatham, Austin Patterson, and Hunter Tenpenny graduated from the department’s 18-week Recruit Academy.  The ceremony took place at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park Event Facility. In keeping with tradition, their new firefighters’ badges were pinned on their uniforms by family members. The Franklin Fire Department’s 2023 in-house training staff includes Battalion Chief Ben Marler, Captain David Kolak, and Lieutenant Jeremy Martin.  Their efforts were heavily supported by other fire department personnel who served as instructors throughout the academy.