Nine New Probationary Firefighters Being Sworn Into Department

On Monday, September 11, 2023, the City of York Department of Fire/Rescue Service’s nine newest members will be sworn in by Mayor Michael Helfrich at 1:00pm at City Hall (101 S George St. York, PA 17401) in Council Chambers.

Matthew Curilla was born at York Hospital and is a York County native. He served our Country in the U.S. Army for 3 years and was honorably discharged in 2022. He now serves as a Sergeant in the Army National Guard. His hobbies include collecting Star Wars and militaria memorabilia. He wants to be a York City firefighter to continue to serve his community.

Jonathan Pigott was born in Dublin, Ireland. He later moved to Massachusetts as a child. He came to York 12 years ago to attend York College. He received his U.S. citizenship in 2022. He loves rugby, soccer, and reading science fiction and fantasy books. He wants to be a firefighter to help his community and to help people. He always wanted to be a first responder and taught secondary skills for EMT at HACC while working as medical representative for Amazon.

Micheal Broadt holds an Associate’s Degree in Diesel Technology. He wants to be a firefighter for the City of York because he feels every citizen has an obligation to contribute to society at the highest degree of which they are personally capable. He strives to be an asset rather than an anchor.

Kyle Jimenez was born in Bremerton, Washington and raised in Bethlehem. Pennsylvania. He graduated from Liberty High School in 2020. He has also graduated from Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School in Sports Medicine. His desire to be a York City Firefighter stems from wanting to be able to be of service to the community and help others in their time of need. He also wants to establish a career that he has been trying to obtain since high school. Growing up it was routine to hear his father, a firefighter for the City of Bethlehem, talk about the benefits of serving others. His hobbies include working out, coaching high school football, and spending time with his family.

Adam Gardner was born and raised in Lititz, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Warwick High School and then Lebanon Valley College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently working towards his Master’s Degree in Emergency Management at Millersville University. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and doing outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, etc. He wants to join the York City Fire Department to be able to serve a community close to home, and be part of a fast-paced, proactive Department where he will be able to use his training to make a difference.

Jared Rice was born in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. He will be graduating in December from Millersville University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and working out. He grew up with his grandfather and cousin, both being extremely involved in their local fire companies. He realized he wanted to be a firefighter when he started volunteering at his local community company. He has a passion for helping others and a desire to work in a physically demanding career. He chose York City to be a part of a Department making a difference every day in a community close to home. York City Fire Department stands for everything he wanted: Strong company pride, hardworking men and women, along with the value of promoting within the Department. He is honored to become a part of it.

Ryan Frederick was born in York City and graduated from Dallastown Area High School in 2022. His hobbies include weightlifting, hiking, fishing, working on cars, and welding. He wants to be a firefighter because he thought it was an exciting job opportunity for a long career as well as an opportunity to serve his community and help others.

John Jones is a York City native and graduated from York County School of Technology with a Technical Degree in IT Systems Management. After high school, he worked as a driver for FedEx Ground. He enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, biking, and camping. In 2022, he hiked through the Appalachian Trail’s 2,200 miles. He is inspired by his family members in the fire service and is excited to serve York City.

Tyler Snell was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from Red Land Senior High School in 2014. He was a locksmith in the Harrisburg area for nine years and was a volunteer live-in firefighter for Fairview Township from 2019-2023. He enjoys riding motorcycles, snowboarding, and traveling. The rich history and traditional values of the Department were an instant magnet for Tyler, resulting in pursuing his goal of being hired by the Department.

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