Two East Hampton High School graduates—Paul “P.J.” Wizelius of Springs and Thomas Staubitser of Montauk—were among the 285 probationary firefighters graduated from the Fire Department New York Fire Academy at a ceremony at Brooklyn College on Friday, May 17. It was the first firefighter commencement since 2008.
Speaking at the ceremony, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “Courage, determination and sense of duty drove all of you to become New York City firefighters. You will keep my family and everyone in this city safe—and we are all thankful for your hard work.”
The class completed 18 weeks of training at the Fire Academy on Randalls Island. During that time, they were trained in fire suppression and medical response instruction using tools like the high-rise and subway simulators.
During the graduation ceremony it also was noted that Mr. Staubitser and his colleague, Matthew Cook, bravely stopped an out-of-control vehicle in 2012, when they worked as FDNY EMTs. They will be honored for their heroism in June at FDNY Medal Day.