Three graduates of the Knox County Rescue Young Cadet Program

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – Three East Tennessee residents have graduated from the Knox County Rescue cadet program.

A KCR spokesperson said the program was created to improve membership recruitment among young citizens while enabling cadets to develop an enhanced sense of community service, leadership skills, career exploration, social development and emergency experience.

“Our cadets are Knox County’s future lifeguards. They are constantly learning, improving their leadership skills and having the opportunity to practice teamwork with a common goal,” said battalion chief of operations Mohamed Abbas. “Volunteering is one of the most important qualities of Knox County residents, and the Cadet Program helps cultivate and instill that value and many more.”

KCR has announced graduates like Garrett Faircloth, Stone Newton and Hunter Mitchell, who have completed their requirements to join KCR as volunteers.

Faircloth is an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee, a spokesperson said.

“I have seen my son grow and mature through the Cadet Program with great mentorship and leadership. I think it’s a fantastic experience for our young men and women to have such an opportunity,” said Garrett’s father, Ray Faircloth.

A statement said Mitchell would continue to pursue his Emergency Medical Technician certification at Roane State Community College.

Newton planned to enlist in the Air Force, KCR officials said.

“Having the opportunity to experience two sons graduating from the Knox County Rescue Squad Cadet program is an incredible feeling. The program builds confidence in young adults, allowing them to engage in high-consequence environments. during chaotic emergencies. Among other attributes such as camaraderie, compassion, and technical skills to help those in need, this program deserves recognition for its passion for turning young adults into assets. very valuable within our communities,” says Stone’s father, Dean Newton.

Eligibility for the program depended on age, with members ranging in age from 14 to 18 years old. Those interested in becoming a young cadet can apply here.

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