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Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy

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Program opens student's eyes to police, fire careers

Stephanie Gehring, Staff Writer
Tue, 07/08/2008

As a youngster, Deonte Collins used to visit his father at the fire station where the 18-year-old Southwest Sider said he saw the fun side of the Chicago firefighter's job - like cooking and playing basketball.

Fast forward many years, and the recent Morgan Park High School graduate has learned otherwise.

Collins recently graduated from the Chicago Police and Firefighters Training Academy program through the Chicago Public Schools.

'Going through the program, I see it's not all fun and games,' he said.

Making teens´ climb a little easier

csadovi@tribune.com
Wed, 11/14/2007

The eyes of the three burly Chicago high school students were as wide as Kennedy half-dollars as they took in the steep incline of the 100-foot metal ladder winding its way up five stories to the roof of the Chicago Fire Department Training Academy.

Willie White of North Lawndale, Joseph Felton of DuSable and Keith Stiggers of Bogan stood silently as they watched dozens of other Chicago 11th graders gingerly scale the snorkel ladder as it vibrated from the crisp wind in the shadow of the Sears Tower.