EAST LIVERPOOL - The first of whom city council has promised will be two new firefighters to be hired this year was sworn in Friday morning by Municipal Court Judge Melissa Byers Emmerling, and fire Chief Bill Jones said the new firefighter brings experience and training to the job.
Antony Cumo, formerly of Myrtle Beach, S.C., took the oath of office surrounded by his wife, Kelly and son Nathan, other family members, firefighters and city officials.
Originally from Niles, Cumo took his fire training at the Youngstown Fire Department and was a volunteer for seven years at the Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department. He has spent the last five and a half years as a fireman for the city of North Myrtle Beach.
New East Liverpool firefighter Antony Cumo had his badge pinned on by his wife Kelly after he was sworn in to his new position Friday by Municipal Court Judge Melissa Byers Emmerling. He begins his new duties on Monday. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)
Jones said Cumo was chosen from among a list of highly qualified candidates due primarily because he is already trained and has experience, meaning there will be no delay in him assuming his duties, which will begin Monday.
Saying that, in addition to firefighting, Cumo has EMT and hazmat tech training, Jones said, "He has a very extensive resume. He will fit right in with his training and experience."
With summer vacations looming among his personnel and with the recent retirement of an assistant chief and others pending, Jones said, "We needed someone with training, and we can put him right to work."
After completing 30 days working Monday through Friday, Cumo will be assigned to the A shift sometime in July.
Jones said he expects a second firefighter will join the ranks about the same time in July, once the interview process is completed. The candidates have all successfully passed a Civil Service Commission competitive exam and agility test conducted in recent weeks.
At this past week's City Council meeting, members voted unanimously in support of hiring two firefighters this year, while Mayor Jim Swoger pledged to do whatever it takes to hire a third firefighter next year if and when fireman Jeff Zehnder retires as expected.