S: Broward Fire Academy - Class 234 - August 23 - November 3, 2010
BC: The Maltese Cross The Maltese Cross is the symbol of protection. It means that the fireman who wears this cross is willing to lay down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years ago. The Maltese Cross is a fireman's badge of honor signifying that he works in courage.
FC: Broward Fire Academy Class 234 August 23, 2010 - November 3, 2010
1: When I'm called to duty God, wherever flames may rage, give me strength to save a life whatever be its age Help me to embrace a little child before it's too late, or save an older person from the horror of that fate Enable me to be alert to hear the weakest shout, and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me. to guard my neighbor and protect his property And if according to your will I have to lose my life, bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife
2: The ceremony begins. The graduates march in to the sound of the bagpipes.
3: But sound aloud the praises, and give the victor-crown To our noble-hearted Firemen, who fear not danger's frown. ~Frederic G.W. Fenn, "Ode to our Firemen," 1878
4: Broward Fire Academy - Class 234 "People are always asking me how is it that firefighters run into a burning building when everyone else is running out. Courage is the answer. -Chief Kennedy in Ladder 69
5: I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives. ~Edward F. Croker
6: The graduates are called up to receive their certificate. Neal hands Anthony his certificate.
7: A very proud moment for dad. | All men are created equal, then a few become firemen. ~Author Unknown
8: Anthony is announced as the recipient of the Top Rung Award presented to him by his uncle Paul Arcuri
9: Our next award is something we present to what we consider the top rung student in the class. This person not only demonstrates their abilities through written tests and hands on performance objectives, but also their level of confidence and competence in every day skills and abilities. They perform at a level above and beyond the average student. Very rarely do they waiver from that path until the end result of certification. With this last class it was kind of a hard decision. We had a lot of stand up people in this group. One person in this group in particular stood out. His written test scores, his hands on performances and objectives, his attitude, his confidence and his ability to work out measured those in his class. At this time I would like to introduce Driver Engineer Paul Arcuri to the stage. Broward County Fire Academy Class 234 Top Rung Award goes to: Anthony de Jesus
10: La Familia | Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. ~ John 15:13
11: Top: The family public servants: Joe de Jesus (HPD) Neal de Jesus (CGFD/BSO) Mike Sr (HPD) Dean James (CGFD), Carlos Eguiluz (CGFD) Paul Arcuri (PPFD) Jennifer Arcuri (PPPD), Anthony de Jesus (BFA) JP Perez (CGFD) Mike de Jesus Jr. (HPD) Right: The fire academy instructors
12: These are the SRT boys that Anthony grew up with, traveled all over with, learned from and had great memories with for over 10 years.
13: It was such a blessing and an honor to have these same mentors be at his fire academy graduation 20 years later.
14: The proud family
15: Anthony is on the phone with Bella who was at FSU | There is no higher honor than human service; to work for the common good is the greatest deed with the highest rewards.
16: Left: Anthony and JP | Right: Paula, Anthony and Iggy
17: Top: Amy, Anthony & Steve Bottom: Anthony & Mitchell | The Hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men. - Henry David Thoreau
18: Celebrating with family and friends at Bucca di Beppo in Davie.