Porterville College

Porterville College Fire Academy holds graduation

Fire Academy graduation

Several Cadets were honored during graduation ceremonies for the Porterville College 2015 Firefighter 1 Academy Class #32, held in the PC gymnasium on Nov. 12th.

Cadets Robert T. Hernandez and Coy O. Farnsworth were recognized for serving as the class "Battalion Chiefs". On top of completing all other training and study required of Fire Academy Cadets, the class Battalion Chiefs assumes the additional responsibility of maintaining class decorum, lining the class up for inspection each day, assigning equipment set-up tasks, leading the class in all classroom and field training activities and assisting the instructional staff as needed. Hernandez is currently a Reserve for Tulare County Fire Department. Farnsworth is a full-time Firefighter for City of Porterville.

Recognition was also given to five Cadets for serving as "Company Captains" under Hernandez and Farnsworth. They are Erick Cendejas, Joshua Holden, Adam N. Martinez, Austin M. Morales and Shawn M. Trocke.

Each year, by secret ballot, the Cadets select a class member who they felt went "above and beyond the call of duty" in assisting others with hands-on skills practice, classroom study or in other ways during the difficult and rigorous 15 week Academy. Alexander J. Elizondo was overwhelmingly selected for the "Class Leadership" award by his fellow Cadets.

Per State Fire Marshal rules, all Cadets in our SFM Accredited Fire Academy must score at least 80% on each written examination and there is much competition among Cadets to have the highest overall score at the end of the Academy. This is a unique year, receiving the "Top Score" award this year are two Cadets: Alexander J. Elizondo and Coy O. Farnsworth with an overall score of 98.11%.

Caleb Wieland, Alexander J. Elizondo and Santiago G. Cardenas were given the “Volunteer Award” for their dedication to organizing and maintaining the Fire Academy trailers and equipment. Coy O. Farnsworth was given the “Can do, Sir Award” for his willingness and dedication to assist the staff and cadets during the course of the Fire Academy.


Class Battalion Chief – Robert T. Hernandez
Class Battalion Chief – Coy O. Farnsworth
Company Captain – Erick Cendejas
Company Captain – Joshua Holden
Company Captain – Adam N. Martinez
Company Captain – Austin M. Morales
Company Captain – Shawn M. Trocke
Class Leadership – Alexander J. Elizondo
Can Do, Sir, Award – Coy O. Farnsworth

Top Student Award:

Alexander J. Elizondo and Coy O. Farnsworth

Volunteer Award - Caleb M. Wieland
Volunteer Award - Alexander J. Elizondo
Volunteer Award - Santiago G. Cardenas

Congratulations to the Porterville College Fire Academy Class #32: John Alvarado, Pete Baga, Chad Branch, Santiago Cardenas, Joey Carrillo, Erick Cendejas, Alexander Elizondo, Coy Farnsworth, David Flores, Robert Hernandez, Joshua Holden, Dylan Martin, Adam Martinez, Anthony Martinez, Austin Morales, Ryan Pavone, Joe Perez, Juan Rodriguez, Juan Roman, Shamakh Saleh, Jesse Sanchez, Brandon Taylor, Shawn Trocke, Timothy Weatherly and Caleb Wieland.

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