Eighteen-year-old Garrett McQueen, of Hamlet, graduated from the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department Recruit Training Program on May 2, took the oath of office and was sworn in as a Wrightsville Beach Firefighter.
McQueen was a member of the East Rockingham Fire Department for approximately two and a half years, and was an Eagle Scout recipient.
He started his training in Wrightsville Beach in January and worked from 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, along with weekend training. He was educated in topics ranging from first responder training to HAZ-MAT training. This included over 100 hours of classroom and practical skills instruction.
He moved into the fire department as an intern, and will reside there until the completion of his bachelor’s degree in criminology.
Since graduating from the recruit training program, he will now work two or three nights a week, and is attending Cape Fear Community College. He plans to transfer to the UNC Wilmington to finish his education. Following the completion of his bachelor’s degree, McQueen plans to pursue a career in federal law enforcement.
McQueen’s parents are Jesse and Wanda McQueen, of Hamlet.