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Posted on: November 21, 2019

New Hires Welcomed to Pinellas Park Fire Department

photo of 3 firefighters in dress uniform each holding a fire helmet

Three new employees were officially sworn in during Pinellas Park Fire Department’s Promotion and Pinning Ceremony on November 7th. Firefighter/EMT Simeon Johnson, Firefighter/EMT Robert Nichols, and Firefighter/EMT Garrett Ross-Johnson, joined PPFD on September 4, 2019 and will spend the next year as probationary firefighters with the goal of trading in their black proby helmets for firefighter yellow.

Garrett Ross-Johnson is a graduate of Indian Rocks Christian High School and the Fire Academy at St. Petersburg College, Class # 56. He received the academy’s District Chief Frank Spirek Memorial Award – a departmental scholarship given to students with high academic performance and high achievement in a skill area.

Robert Nichols is a graduate of Northside Christian High School and USF-St. Petersburg where he earned a bachelor’s degree in health science in 2018. He is a graduate of the Fire Academy at St. Petersburg College, Class #47 and received the District Chief Frank Spirek Memorial Award for high academic performance and skill achievement.

Simeon Johnson was born in Dayton, Ohio and graduated from Wilberforce University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in organizational management. He began his firefighting career in 2010 with Clearwater Fire & Rescue and also worked for Sunstar Paramedics from 2010 to 2014.

Photo: (L-R) Firefighter/EMT Garrett Ross-Johnson, Firefighter/EMT Simeon Johnson, and Firefighter/EMT Robert Nelson.

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