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Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017

Plant City Fire Rescue promotes three, hires two

PLANT CITY Plant City Fire Rescue recently promoted three of its employees and hired two, including its first female firefighter-paramedic in at least two years.

Friends, family and fellow firefighters were on hand as the five were sworn in to their new jobs at a Monday ceremony at City Hall that included a color guard.

“Welcome to the family,” Fire Chief Dan Azzariti said of the new recruits.

City Emergency Medical Services Chief James Wilson added, “continue the legacy.”

The promotions included:

• James Wingo was named battalion chief. He has worked for Fire Rescue for more than 20 years, including the last 10 years as captain. Wingo and his wife Trish have a son, Colton. Trish pinned his new badge on his shirt while 7-year-old Colton stood by her side.

• Jeffrey Griggs was promoted to captain. Griggs began his career with Fire Rescue on March 18, 2002 and became a driver engineer two years later. He and his wife Courtney, who pinned on his new badge, have a son, Parker.

• James Maxwell was named captain. He has been a member of Fire Rescue for 10 years, and has been a driver engineer since late 2008. He and his wife Christy, who pinned on his new badge, have a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Maybrie.

New hires include:

• Nicolette Anciulis is the fifth female firefighter to be hired by Fire Rescue. The other four have left the department so she will be the only woman non-civilian in the 41-member department. Anciulis most recently worked as a paramedic at Rural/Metro Ambulance in Orlando. Her badge was pinned on by Debbie Brady, her best friend who was also her partner at the ambulance service.

• Nickolas Cantalupo is following in his father’s footsteps as a firefighter-paramedic. His father, Alex, a firefighter for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, pinned on his son’s badge. “I think it’s a great career and I’m glad he chose it,” Alex Cantalupo said later. Nickolas’ mom Susan, said she and her husband have another son who also plans to become a firefighter.

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