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CCCCD Fire Academy Class Donates Check To New York Firefighter

CCCCD Fire Academy Class Donates Check To New York Firefighter

NOV. 21, 2001- Concerned over the September 11 terrorist attack and its affect on New York firefighters and their families, Collin County Community College District's Fire Academy Class 21 bonded together and raised $42,135 to help those in need. They presented a check for $30,000 to Mickey Conboy of Rescue 3 New York Fire Department during their November 20 graduation ceremony. Eight firefighters from Rescue 3 Fire Department in the Bronx lost their lives on September 11, leaving 21 children fatherless. The balance of the funds will be given to the New York Fire 9-11 Relief Fund, part of the International Association of Firefighters.

Conboy, a 16-year veteran of firefighting, has been with the FDNY 3 for 10 years and has been awarded three medals of valor. When presented the donation from CCCCD Fire Academy students Mike Hoff and Chad Husbands, Conboy said that the funds would be divided among the families of his unit's stricken firefighters. During his remarks, Conboy presented personal glimpses of each of his fallen comrades. He congratulated and thanked Class 21 for their donation saying that they were among the "...people who go above and beyond the call of duty." He told the class, "Well done, brothers. You are beginning your career with the greatest job on earth and one with the greatest brotherhood."

Twenty-one students graduated in Fire Academy Class 21, and they earned a 100 percent pass rate on their state certification exam. Pat McAuliff, director of CCCCD Fire Science said that no other class had demonstrated such dedication to reaching their goals. "They went into action immediately after September 11 - a true statement of teamwork," said McAuliff in reference to their project of raising funds for New York firefighters.

Class 21 students receiving their certificates were: Dustin Black (Point), McKinney Fire Department firefighter Toby Burgess (Lake Dallas), Lake Cities Fire Department firefighter James Dixon (Tom Bean) Colby Ford (McKinney) Rusty Hammond (Weatherford) Irving Fire Department firefighter Mike Hoff (Frisco) Chad Husbands (Whitesboro) McKinney Fire Department firefighter Thomas Kosten (Plano) Shannon Langford (Mesquite) Allen Fire Department firefighter David Lawler (Whitesboro) Allen Morford (Sherman) Allen Fire Department firefighter Michael Patrick (Murphy) Chris Perry (Sachse) Chris Pevehouse (Waxahachie), Grand Prairie Fire Department firefighter Mark Rogers (Farmersville), Heath Fire Department firefighter Brad Scofield (McKinney) Phillip Smith (Caddo Mills), Heath Fire Department firefighter Michael Tartaro (Plano) Mike Thomson (Lake Kiowa) Jason Thornton (Flower Mound), Allen Fire Department firefighter

Paul Sandman (Highland Park) was chosen class captain, and the valedictorian of this class was Mike Hoff (Frisco). The spirit award was given to Toby Burgess (Lake Dallas), and merit awards were given to Mike Hoff (Frisco), Chad Husbands (Whitesboro) and Thomas Kosten (Plano).

The students completed more than 500 hours of fire training and 120 hours of EMT training to receive their certificates, which prepares them to accept jobs as firefighters.

For more information about the CCCCD Fire Academy, contact Pat McAuliff at 972.548.6837. For information about donating to Rescue 3 New York Fire Department, contact the Rescue 3 Family Fund, 453 East 176 Street, Bronx, New York 10457 or call 718.430.0233.