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Cortland Native Graduates With Top GPA From State Firefighter Training Program

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State officials recently announced 21 new graduates of New York’s 78th Recruit Firefighter Training Program, which took place on Thursday (October 3) in Montour Falls.

Included at the top of that list is Cortland-area native Mitchell Gosser, who received the academic award for the highest grade point average in the program.

According to acting City Fire Chief Wayne Friedman, Gosser he put himself through the program as a volunteer with the department.

He’ll now have the opportunity to become a full-time career firefighter with the department. Friedman was in attendance at the ceremony to officially offer him the position.

Friedman also told WXHC News that he’s offered another position to Jordan Zelsnack, who’s father, Jim, is a captain at the department. His uncle, Steven, was also a member of City FD before losing his life in a car accident last year.

“Jordan comes all trained and ready to go,” Friedman said. “We’ll have more information available soon regarding the swearing in process of both individuals.”

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