Baltimore City Fire Honored

Waldorf Outreach representatives Andrew Hanes and Natalie Ezell recently presented the Baltimore City Fire Department an award recognizing it as the Waldorf College Learning Partner of the Month for December 2014.

Baltimore City Fire Department has been a Waldorf College Learning Partner since 2011. The department suffered a terrible blow recently with the loss of Safety Officer Lt. James Bethea. Department members attended the viewing and funeral for this fallen firefighter. Many people saw Bethea as a respected member of the department, Baltimore community, and the national fire service. “Receiving this award was a small bright spot during this time of mourning,” said Deputy Chief of Training Alex Perricone.

The Baltimore department receives an annual two-year tuition scholarship from Waldorf for one of its outstanding firefighters. Lt. Melvin Wehrman, the recent winner, was excited to win the award.

“I have always wanted to complete my bachelor’s degree. This proved difficult to do with the schedule I work and the cost involved. Receiving the scholarship from Waldorf College has allowed me to realize the dream of completing my education without going into debt. It will allow me more opportunities outside the fire service when I retire,” Wehrman said, adding. “I was amazed at how much credit I received from my nursing school. I was much closer to my degree than I thought.”

The Baltimore department is the second largest Waldorf learning partner with 18 students attending the online program. Perricone asked the representatives at the presentation who has referred more students to Waldorf. When he learned that they were from New England, he said “The challenge is accepted! As diehard Baltimore fans, we cannot let New England beat us.”

Author: Brittany Gibson

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