WAILUKU - The 28th Recruit Class of the county Department of Fire and Public Safety graduated on Dec. 2 after 22 weeks of formal training.
At the ceremony at Maui Tropical Plantation, the 13 recruits graduated. They are: Loea Chang, Joshua Dukes, Jonathan Duncan, Aaron Hughes, Chad Leggett, Keola Nakoa, Michael Neubauer, Matthew Paet, Cory Palmeira, Vance Pu, Jerime Storey, Elven Ventura and Steven Warther.
Awards were given to the following recruits: Cory Palmeira Most Outstanding Overall; Jonathan Duncan Most Outstanding Functional Skills; Joshua Dukes Most Outstanding Academics; Vance Pu Ho'oulu Award (Firefighter Spirit) named on behalf of the late Capt. Charles Iwata; and Loea Chang and Vance Pu Outstanding Team Award.
The 13 recruits graduated on Dec. 2.