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November 18, 2003
Darleene Barrientos Five residents have easily settled in as the Glendale Fire Department's inaugural group of cadets. Jeff Brooks, Hagop Kurdian, Sarah Cohan, Karlow Krikor and Dan Rasmussen have been with the department for a month and seem to be more enthusiastic about fire service than before. "I am just being exposed to everything as much as I can," said 23-year-old Kurdian of La Crescenta. Kurdian is assigned to the department's training facility.
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By Melanie Hicken | January 11, 2010
GLENDALE — The cadets in Class XII of the Verdugo Fire Academy have done thousands of push-ups, studied for several tests and completed countless training exercises since they started the yearlong academy last January. On Saturday, hundreds of friends and family members and personnel from local departments packed the Glendale Community College auditorium to celebrate the graduation of the 32 cadets that made up the academy’s 12th class. The weekend also represented the beginning of the academy for more than 50 new students.
NEWS
March 22, 2004
Gary Moskowitz Halcott Thomas was the unexpected guest of honor this weekend during the "Century of Aviation" exhibit at Crescenta Valley High School. Thomas, who flew 30 missions in a B-17 Flying Fortress over Germany during World War II, attended the exhibit Saturday, which was organized and presented by members of the school's Air Force Junior ROTC cadets. Cadets huddled around Thomas as he walked through the exhibit, pointing to diagrams and pictures of airplanes and telling stories about his experiences flying in the Air Force.
NEWS
By: Dave Brooks | August 25, 2005
"Sir, do we get our own buckets for tomorrow, or are we going to have to share them with the other cadets?" Evan Beresford asked. Shooting over an unsympathetic look, Westminster Police Lt. Chris Taylor decided to ignore the inquiry instead of offering a response. "See, they're already getting nervous," he later said. Even after five months of training at the Golden West College Criminal Justice Center, no one gets a break on the "Grinder," the concrete courtyard anchoring the academy where cadets meet, do push-ups and take orders from just about everyone.
NEWS
July 7, 2006
Air Force Cadet Erin K. Frazier has graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The graduate received a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. The academy offers a four-year educational program of instruction and experience designed to provide cadets the knowledge and character essential for air and space leaders, and the motivation to serve as Air Force career officers. The curriculum provides a balanced program of military training, academics, physical training, athletic conditioning, and character and ethical development.
NEWS
November 11, 2005
by Geghard Arakelian Veterans visited Crescenta Valley High School in honor of Veterans' Day and to accompany the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets who put on two ceremonies to commemorate the holiday in the school's auditorium Wednesday morning. The lights dimmed as the AFJROTC cadets went through the drill of their rifle routines on stage under the supervision of their advisor, Air Force Lt. Col. David Worley. Following the pledge of allegiance, the national anthem by the CVHS Charismatic Group and a speech by Cadet Maj. Daniel Cheung, Worley gave a speech.
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By Josh Cox, joshua.cox@latimes.com | January 12, 2013
Roderick Hutchinson knows what it means to sacrifice. Hutchinson, a student at the Verdugo Fire Academy in Glendale, was faced with an unimaginable decision following the death of his sister in September. Her funeral was scheduled on a mandatory training day at the academy, and attending would have made Hutchinson ineligible to complete the program. “It took every fiber of my being not to throw everything down and hop on a plane and never look back on this year,” he said. “But I knew that this is exactly where my sister wanted me to be, and that I had made the right decision.” Hutchinson was one of 38 cadets who graduated from the Verdugo Fire Academy Class XV during a ceremony Saturday at Glendale Community College.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 26, 2013
Cadets at the Verdugo Fire Academy will soon get to practice life-saving skills on a 100-foot ladder truck. The Glendale Fire Department on Monday donated the surplus 1990 Seagrave ladder truck to the Glendale Community College academy, which trains cadets for careers in the fire service. The truck “reached the end of its service life” with the department and no longer had value on city books, according to a city report. The truck would have required major and costly repairs if it had remained in service with the department, the report stated.
NEWS
March 19, 2004
Robert Chacon Crescenta Valley High School's Air Force Junior ROTC cadets are presenting an exhibit on the history of flight to raise funds for a trip to the East Coast in April. About 95 cadets will be busy Saturday manning different displays at the exhibit, titled "A Century of Aviation," from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Falcon Cafe and Career Center on the school's campus, 2900 Community Ave. The centerpiece of the exhibit will be a half-size replica of the glider that the Wright brothers flew into the history books.
NEWS
December 25, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum When Martin Rodriguez spotted the parade of uniformed cadets from the Glendale College Police Department make its way up the stairs to the second floor of his apartment building, he darted across the catwalk, bouncing a rubber ball along the way. "Yeah, free presents!" the seven-year-old yelled, making his way to his apartment. Sure enough, the cadets were carrying free presents. The Glendale College Police Department distributed food and presents to the families of four struggling GCC students Friday, part of the department's 10th annual toy and food drive.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 4, 2014
During training, instructor Robert Sepulveda had each Verdugo Fire Academy cadet bring a picture of a loved one to class. When times got tough and the cadets thought about giving up, he'd ask them to look at the picture, and imagine their loved one was the person who needed to be saved from a burning building. For Ryan Santos, it was his 11-year-old brother Matthew. For Randy Rivera, it was his younger sisters. Rivera would take one look at the picture, and “the push-ups started doing themselves.” Santos and Rivera are among the 41 cadets who graduated from the academy Saturday after an intensive yearlong training program, which officials compared to a “miniature boot camp.” The ceremony was dedicated to the 19 Arizona “hotshots” killed in June in the Yarnell Hill wildfire.
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By Camila Castellanos | January 2, 2014
The sun shone at Glendale Community College as Art Darbinian, 19, waived to fellow students and maneuvered the tram he uses to help monitor the campus as a cadet at the school's police department. “One of the things I love about my job is that I really get to see the inter-workings of the college,” the biology student said, nodding hellos to custodians and staff as he rattled off the building names and areas where he often patrols. Darbinian is one of 15 cadets at GCC, working part-time to help bolster the college's full-time police department.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 13, 2013
To provide an up-close look at how its cadets train, the Verdugo Fire Academy of Glendale Community College hosted an open house for the school's faculty and staff on Thursday in which three fire trucks and equipment were displayed and demonstrations were performed. “This is an opportunity to show the new (college) president, and those that don't see us around, what we do,” said Sam DiGiovanna, chief of the fire academy, referring to David Viar, who recently assumed the top job at the college.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 26, 2013
Cadets at the Verdugo Fire Academy will soon get to practice life-saving skills on a 100-foot ladder truck. The Glendale Fire Department on Monday donated the surplus 1990 Seagrave ladder truck to the Glendale Community College academy, which trains cadets for careers in the fire service. The truck “reached the end of its service life” with the department and no longer had value on city books, according to a city report. The truck would have required major and costly repairs if it had remained in service with the department, the report stated.
NEWS
By Josh Cox, joshua.cox@latimes.com | January 12, 2013
Roderick Hutchinson knows what it means to sacrifice. Hutchinson, a student at the Verdugo Fire Academy in Glendale, was faced with an unimaginable decision following the death of his sister in September. Her funeral was scheduled on a mandatory training day at the academy, and attending would have made Hutchinson ineligible to complete the program. “It took every fiber of my being not to throw everything down and hop on a plane and never look back on this year,” he said. “But I knew that this is exactly where my sister wanted me to be, and that I had made the right decision.” Hutchinson was one of 38 cadets who graduated from the Verdugo Fire Academy Class XV during a ceremony Saturday at Glendale Community College.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 2, 2012
A 19-year-old San Gabriel man pleaded not guilty Tuesday after he was allegedly linked to 31 tagging incidents at Glendale Community College, officials said. Joseph Lara, who was attending the college at the time of the tagging, was charged with one felony count of vandalism, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint. “There is no place for it on our campus,” campus Police Chief Gary Montecuollo said. Lara allegedly used the moniker “Boris,” which represents a clothing company, when he allegedly tagged it throughout the campus from October to April 19 this year, Glendale Police Det. Jeff Davis said.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | January 10, 2012
Katherine Thompson stumbled into a job at the Glendale Fire Department nearly by accident. The 29-year-old Los Angeles resident had a degree in theater and was looking to make a career change. She decided to attend nursing school and, while standing in line at Glendale Community College to register for courses, dropped the course catalogue, which fell open to the EMT page. “I didn't even know you could go to school for that,” she said. “But what occurred to me, when I thought about what I wanted to do next, I thought about something that was boots-on-the-ground and that was all about helping the community.” Thompson, now an ambulance operator for the Glendale Fire Department, was one of 47 cadets to graduate from the Verdugo Fire Academy in a ceremony this past weekend at GCC. Many of the newly-certified Basic Fire Academy Class XIV cadets, like Thompson, were sponsored by local fire departments that lent out boots and safety equipment to the students.
LOCAL
By Melanie Hicken | January 11, 2010
GLENDALE — The cadets in Class XII of the Verdugo Fire Academy have done thousands of push-ups, studied for several tests and completed countless training exercises since they started the yearlong academy last January. On Saturday, hundreds of friends and family members and personnel from local departments packed the Glendale Community College auditorium to celebrate the graduation of the 32 cadets that made up the academy’s 12th class. The weekend also represented the beginning of the academy for more than 50 new students.
FEATURES
November 7, 2009
LOCAL RESIDENTS SERVING COUNTRY Navy Reserve Seaman Keith J. Benzer , son of Virginia L. and Keith J. Benzer of La Crescenta, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Benzer completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and...
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