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Continued: Of 19 cadets in Mpls. Fire Department class of 2014, 18 are veterans

  • Article by: LIZ SAWYER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 11, 2014 - 11:04 PM

“Nineteen started and 19 finished,” Klepp said. “No one here remembers a class where everyone finished.”

One way the department is attempting to better reflect the community they serve is by offering 10 preference points to Minneapolis residents. Several of this year’s cadets qualified.

On Friday, Cliff Schrader celebrated his transition from an explosives specialist in the Navy to a firefighter. The change will provide him a similar sense of excitement and duty as before, Schrader said, but allow him to be close to his family.

“I trust people to take care of him like he would take care of anybody else,” said his wife, Kori Schrader.

Liz Sawyer • 612-673-4648

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