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Fire department holds graduation ceremony for 25th Recruit Class

Top Row, L-R: Pablo Herrera-Mahoney; Milo Spindt; Micah Contrades; Derick Caoagas. Bottom Row, L-R: Fire Chief Robert Westerman, Andrew Oda; Lance Dettle; Braden Iwami; Jordan Kahawai; and Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. Top Row, L-R: Pablo Herrera-Mahoney; Milo Spindt; Micah Contrades; Derick Caoagas. Bottom Row, L-R: Fire Chief Robert Westerman, Andrew Oda; Lance Dettle; Braden Iwami; Jordan Kahawai; and Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr.
LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Kaua'i Fire Chief Robert Westerman and Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. welcomed eight new firefighters to the Kaua'i Fire Department on Friday at the Lihu'e Civic Center Piikoi Building.

Frederick Caoagas, Micah Contrades, Lance Dettle, Pablo Herrera-Mahoney, Braden Iwami, Jordan Kahawai, Andrew Oda, and Milo Spindt make up the 25th Recruit Class for the department. They were joined by their family and friends for the ceremonial pinning of badges.

“My challenge to you is to work on being the best at what you do,” encouraged Chief Westerman. “Continue to work hard at improving the department and our service to the community, so that when you retire, you leave it better than you found it.”

Frederick Caoagas was born and raised on Kaua‘i and is a graduate of Kaua‘i High School. Caoagas received his bachelor's degree in Kinesiological Science and a doctorate in Physical Therapy. Caoagas moved back home in 2007 with his wife, Katie, to raise their three young children.

Micah Contrades, son of Deputy Police Chief Michael Contrades, is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. After high school, Contrades studied abroad in Tokyo before transferring back to UH Manoa. He moved home to Kaua‘i to become a firefighter and serve his community.

Lance Dettle grew up in Scotts Valley, CA, and moved to O‘ahu in 2004 to attend Hawai‘i Pacific University. After graduation, Dettle relocated to Kaua‘i with his girlfriend, Jessi, and considers his recruitment an opportunity of a lifetime.

Pablo Herrera-Mahoney was born and raised in Oakland, CA. He graduated with a bachelor's in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, before moving to Kaua‘i. Herrera-Mahoney now lives in Koloa with his wife, Shanti, and their two sons.

Braden Iwami was born and raised in Honolulu and is a graduate of Saint Louis High School. Iwami worked as a federal lifeguard and firefighter before moving to Kaua‘i. He is grateful to his family and his girlfriend, Stefani, for their support.

Jordan Kahawai is from Kaua‘i and is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. Kahawai majored in Finance at Santa Clara University and moved home to be a firefighter and make a difference in this community.

Andrew Oda was also born and raised on Kaua‘i and is a graduate of Kaua‘i High School. He earned degrees at both the University of Maryland at College Park and Chaminade University. Oda expressed his gratitude to his wife, Michelle, their young daughter, and his parents.

Milo Spindt was born on Kauai and graduated from Kaiser High School on O‘ahu. He met his wife while attending the University of Oregon. They moved home to Kaua‘i to raise their two young children, and he is grateful to his family for their love and support.

KFD's 25th Recruit Class is the first to be certified under the Pro-Board Certification and the National Registered Emergency Medical Technical Program (NREMT). This will be the new standard for the department's recruit training program.

“Congratulations to all of you as you join the Kauai Fire Department and the County of Kauai ‘ohana in our quest to serve the public,” stated Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. “We thank you and all of our first responders for the sacrifices you make on behalf of our community.”



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