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New firefighters sworn in

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A pinning ceremony officiated by Assistant Fire Chiefs Michael Alsup and Anthony Ortiz Friday at City Hall, marked the beginning of the careers of Ocala Fire Rescue’s latest recruits. After completing an arduous hiring process, countless training sessions, and proving they possessed character traits which exemplify the culture instilled in Ocala Fire Rescue firefighters, Vincent Alexander, Robert Forrest, and Wilson Touchton have become part of the City of Ocala’s team. Family members and fellow firefighters supported and witnessed these three gentlemen as they repeated the oath, read by Mayor Kent Guinn, and marked their official beginning as Ocala Fire Rescue Firefighters. Pictured above from left to right: Assistant Chief Anthony Ortiz, Battalion Chief Shane Alexander, Assistant Chief Michael Alsup, Mayor Kent Guinn, Firefighter Wilson Touchton, Firefighter Robert Forrest, and Firefighter Vincent Alexander.