The following nine Brother Rice graduates are members of the first Chicago Fire Department academy class hired as a result of the CFD exam given in December, 2014. The test in 2014 saw 25,000+ take the exam with approximately 18,000 applicants passing.
This group of Brother Rice grads, selected from the pool of 18,000, began their CFD academy training on April 04, 2016, and after 30 weeks of training in both EMT and Firefighting, graduated on October 20, 2016, at Navy Pier.
The Brother Rice graduates pictured are (left to right):
Matt Litz, Brendan Howard, Tom Kelly, Sigfredo Cruz, Michael Carroll, Thomas Grant, Brian Knight, Matt DiLorenzo and Tim Evans.