|Two locals graduate from fire academy|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Northeastern Junior College held a graduation ceremony Thursday, Dec. 16 for graduates of its 2010 Firefighter 1 Academy.
Troy Kinoshita of Holyoke and Andrew Boltjes of Venango, Neb. were two of nine graduates from the program.
The ceremony was held at the Sterling City Council Chambers with representatives from the college and the Sterling Fire Department participating in the certification activities. Students in the program have undergone rigorous instruction, much of it taught by seasoned fire department professionals.
The academy is a joint training effort between the college and the city.
Graduates are trained to be eligible to enter fire departments as paid or volunteer entry-level personnel.