Lake Arrowhead Man Graduates From Fire Academy

Derek Alford from Lake Arrowhead (front row – first person on left) is a recent graduate of the Crafton Hills College Fire Academy. (Photo by Crafton Hills College)

By Michael P. Neufeld

Lake Arrowhead, CA -Congratulations are in order for Lake Arrowhead’s Derek Alford.

Alford, a graduate of Rim High School in 2010, recently participated in Crafton Hills College’s 77th Basic Firefighters Academy graduation ceremony at the Finkelstein Performing Arts Center in Yucaipa. He was one of 20 new cadets who received their certificates from Dean June Yamamoto, President Cheryl Marshall, Trustee Donna Ferracone and Interim Executive Vice President Rebeccah Warren-Marlatt.

San Bernardino Country Fire Chief Mark Hartwig and Chief Dan Sullivan spoke to those in attendance, congratulating the graduates and providing words of wisdom.

There was a moment of silence in honor of alumnus Fire Captain Douglas D. Heller-Taylor.


The members of the newest Fire Academy graduating class from Crafton Hills College, with their Academy titles and home towns, are:

The graduates are: Derek Alford (Lake Arrowhead); Jason Buchan (Wrightwood), Guidon; Peter Clement (Rancho Cucamonga), Color Guard; Nicholas Glaze (Redlands), Association Treasurer; Chris Harris (Ontario), Squad 2 Leader; Zachary Hoffman (Pinon Hills); Brandon Lange (Forsyth, Montana), Squad 4 Leader; Jarid Lesh (Cherry Valley), Color Guard; Abraham Marquez (Rialto); Derick Mitre (Highland), Squad 1 Leader; Jamie Moran (Beaumont), Academy Leader; Anvinh Nguyen (Fontana); Zachariah Pierini (Norco); Alex Provonsha (Yucaipa), Association President; Carlos Sandoval (Bloomington), Squad 3 Leader; Bradyn Spaccarotelli (Rancho Cucamonga); Jesse James Sparks (San Bernardino), Color Guard; Tanya Torres (Rancho Cucamonga); Christian Valdez (Upland), Color Guard; and Trevor Valdez (Highland).


For additional information, contact Alisa Moore, San Bernardino Community College District Communications and Public Relations at (909) 382-4012 or by email at asmoore@sbccd.edu.


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