New firefighters to take oath of office

Two new firefighters for the City of Alpena will be sworn into office during a brief ceremony at city hall Wednesday.

City clerk Anna Soik will administer the Oath of Office to Matt Olson and Abby Smith at 1 p.m.

“We are pleased to have these new firefighters join the AFD team, and welcome them to the Alpena community,” said Fire Chief Bill Forbush.

Olson is starting his fire/EMS career having recently graduated from the McLaren Healthcare paramedic program and Oakland Community College CREST fire academy.

Smith is enrolled in the paramedic program at North Central Michigan College, and previously served with fire and EMS agencies in Oregon and as a military police officer.

Olson and Smith will receive their firefighter badges from loved ones during the ceremony, which will include comments from Mayor Matt Waligora and Chief Forbush.