Toledo Fire & Rescue Class 293 takes part in the "legacy run"


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    The "legacy run" is now a tradition for the Toledo Fire Academy.

    It's a chance for the new recruits to learn about each other, and come together as one unit.

    The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department began its "legacy run" for new recruits in October of 2016.

    The third group to participate, Class 293, is the most diverse fire recruits in 35 years.

    The 47 recruits feature 30 Caucasians, 12 African-Americans, 4 Hispanics and 1 American Indian member.

    It's a title they believe makes them a more cohesive team.

    "I think we represent the city we're serving pretty well. Everyone brings their own strengths and weaknesses. I think we compliment each other well," said Recruit Tim Davies.

    The exercise is designed to educate the incoming recruits on the history of Toledo Fire.

    "Us knowing the history of what the Toledo Fire Department did to get us here today is major," said Recruit Janelle Reed-Lewis.

    The 41 men and 6 women joined together to run from the 911 Communications Center to the Toledo Firefighters Memorial at fire headquarters on North Huron.

    Retired Assistant Chief Robert Schwanzl discussed the meaning behind the memorial as all of the recruits surrounded him.

    "I think I speak for anyone when I say it's something you always look forward to. It's such a long tradition and being able to honor the firefighters that have fallen before you, it's something special, especially on a day like this," explained Recruit Justin Swartz.

    Recruit Justin Swartz comes from a family of firefighters, and even a police officer. He sees big things coming from Class #293.

    "We're doubling the number of African-American females on the job in this class alone. It's a bigger class, but I can feel already, everyone is clicking together. We're starting to get it. We're in the second and a half week now. We're starting to get commands down, and we're acting like more of a unit."

    Class 293 is expected to graduate at the beginning of August.

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