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Celebrating La Crosse’s newest firefighters

La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – The La Crosse Fire Department welcomed seven of their newest firefighters at their  Badging and Oath Ceremony Thursday night.

Every new addition to the department must spend their first year studying and perfecting various tasks as a probationary firefighter.

Community members celebrate their accomplishments as the new firefighters recite their oaths and receive their badges, commemorating the event with the people they work to keep safe.

“Most firefighters, we’re not looking for much, but we do love to have the support of our family and friends,” Clayton Anderson, Firefighter with the La Crosse Police Department, describes after receiving his badge.

“Especially the community, I think that’s important to have.”

Anderson’s commitment to the community fits with his chosen profession, with the ceremony reflecting a community connection so common in their field.

“I think it’s important for us to show our new people the trust that the public puts in them,” La Crosse Fire Chief Ken Gilliam elaborates, “I think it’s a great turnout tonight and it’s really setting them up for that integrity and courage that they need to have.”

Anderson and the other graduates will spend the weekend with visiting family and friends before starting next week as full-fledged members of the La Crosse Fire Department.

Peter Lenz

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