City Of Batavia Fire Department Hires Four New Recruits
The City of Batavia Fire Department is finally starting to heal after two of their own were arrested for running a sports gambling ring. The city is adding four new recruits.
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It has been over a year since two Batavia City Firefighters were caught gambling in the fire house. The two men were recently sentenced to a misdemeanor charge of promoting gambling in the second degree. Both men resigned from their positions.
"Overall, it was a blemish to the organization, but that's in the past now. We have healed and we are moving forward from that incident," said Chief Jim Maxwell of the Batavia Fire Department.
To help with this healing process, the Batavia Fire Department hired four new recruits. The recruits plan to work hard to fill the gap left by the loss of those two firefighters and those who have recently retired.
"I grew up in a fire house and basically this is what I want to do my entire life. I took test after test and tried to find my way into a fire station," said Ryan Barber.
"I am enjoying myself in every aspect of becoming a career firefighter, at least so far. I am looking at a great future in the career. I am ready to go to work," said Nathan Kinne.
Two of the new members, Ryan Whitcombe and Christina Marinaccio, are from the local area.
"It's definitely cool for me to be able to get up and give back to the community that has helped me out for most of my life," said Whitcombe.
Marinaccio also felt this was important: "I am thankful for the opportunity and I hope I live up to everyone's expectations."
YNN asked the new members to describe this experience in one word and they said:
"Amazing," said Barber.
"Amazing," said Kinne.
"Privileged or amazing," said Whitcombe.
"Grateful," said Marinaccio.
The four new recruits will be heading to Utica on April 1 for 14 weeks of training. They will be graduating on July 3 and returning to Batavia for two more weeks of training. Not long after their return, Batavians will be seeing these four at fires and around town.