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[Share]Published: June 26, 2014

51 Graduate from the FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety

The class of 2014 toss their caps in the air to celebrate their graduation.

The class of 2014 toss their caps in the air to celebrate their graduation.

Friends and family gathered at the Fire Academy on June 21 to celebrate a milestone – the graduation of 51 students from the FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety.

“When I look at all of you, I see students who studied hard and are ready to take on the challenges of life after high school,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

This is the seventh class to graduate from the Brooklyn school, with many graduates continuing on to careers with the FDNY, including firefighters, paramedics and EMTs. Twenty-three of this year’s graduates will be entering the EMS Academy in 2014.

“Today is a special day, your day,” Principal James Anderson said. “And this is just the beginning, look at it as an opportunity.”

The school is part of the City's small schools initiative. Housed in Thomas Jefferson High School in East New York, the school provides a rigorous academic program with a special emphasis on the academic, physical and moral rigors of emergency response.

“I wouldn’t be here today without all of you,” class Valedictorian David Hernandez said. “Everyone has someone who has pushed and motivated them; and we need to take a moment to thank those people today.”

Salutatorian Nhandi Brown said she and her classmates learned to never give up, and “As we march forward into our separate futures, remember we will always be a family.”

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