ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Today the Rockford Fire Department welcomed 20 new recruits to its ranks.
One by one recruits said their oaths and were cheered on by family and friends Chief Derek Bergsten said this class is the largest in about fifteen years. A couple of the new firefighters have service in their blood. Their parents used to serve the city as well.
The newly sworn-in firefighters are:
Mark Schlanger, Jr.