Twelve volunteer firefighters from Sperryville, Amissville, Flint Hill, Castleton and Chester Gap companies recently completed the Virginia Department of Fire Programs firefighter 1 and 2 programs, including hazardous materials operations training; this is their graduation photo. The graduates — who completed 250 hours of classroom and practical training — are: (back row, from left) Seth Wayland, Triston Blosser, C.W. Brosser, Eric Phillips, Chris Ubben and Taylor Berta, and (front row, from left) Meddie Arismende, Zach Hitt, Colton Clate, David Wilson, Kurt Feldmeyer and Curtis Norman. Welcome!
Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.