(Bradenton, FL—August 20, 2019) Manatee Technical College Fire Academy had a double award winner in class HS9 on August 19, 2019. Joseph Leto won the awards for highest academic achievement, as well as for the lowest time on the Firefighter Combat Challenge. It’s only happened once before.
Markus Freudenberg won the award for practical skills performance.
Firefighter class #HS9 was a class of eight students who started the program as high school students and finished as adult students.
Leto was also the class speaker. With a big smile on his face, he began with, “Our future is bright…bright and hot!”
The two women in the class were following in their father’s footsteps. Elizabeth Alvarez is the daughter of firefighter Captain (ret.) Jorge Alvarez, Longboat Key Fire Rescue; and Madeline Coiner is the daughter of firefighter Tim Coiner, driver engineer with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Both fathers were in the audience.
The other students in the class were Ryan Cole, Toby Humphrey, Zachary Nees, and Isaiah Tholl.
Completion of the Academy and passage of the state exam are statutory requirements to be employed as a firefighter in Florida.
The awards celebration took place in the Haflich Auditorium at the MTC East Campus in Lakewood Ranch.
Award winners: Markus Freudenberg and Joseph Leto were the two award winners in MTC’s Fire Academy class HS9. Freudenberg won the award for practical skills performance. Leto won two awards—something that has happened only once before in the Academy. He won the awards for highest academic achievement as well as the firefighter combat challenge.
MTC Fire Academy Class #HS9: (front, l-r) Zachary Nees, Elizabeth Alvarez, Madeline Coiner, Markus Freudenberg; (back, l-r) Isaiah Tholl, Joseph Leto, Toby Humphrey, and Ryan Cole.
About Manatee Technical College
Manatee Technical College is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. MTC has three campuses within the School District of Manatee County and offers over 50 career preparation programs, continuing education, and adult general education. The mission of MTC is to produce highly skilled individuals and resourceful leaders through collaborative education to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities and the workforce.