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High schooler becomes certified firefighter

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He’s only 18, but he is already dedicating his life to saving the lives of others.

Jonathon Weaver is a teenager with a fire in his belly for fighting fires in his community.

“Man, I was just super happy,” Weaver said.

The culmination of four and a half months of hard work is paying off for him. He recently completed the State Fire Academy.

Weaver is a state certified firefighter who is still in high school.

“A lot of high schoolers will just hang out with their friends. Like, I like to go up north with my friends and stuff, but just being able to change my direction and work towards my career, that was a huge step for me,” Weaver said.

Weaver will be a probationary firefighter for the Carrollton Fire Department. If all goes as planned, he will be a full-fledged firefighter in six months.

“Just being able to help everybody out and you know, save lives and property and just have fun with what I’m doing,” Weaver said.

Weaver’s parents said they are over the moon about their son’s achievements.

“He’s just worked so hard,” said Robin Weaver, mom.

“I’m very proud of him,” said Bill Weaver, dad.

Jonathon Weaver is following in the footsteps of his father. Bill Weaver is the captain and training officer at the fire department.

Jonathon said he is excited to be part of the next generation of his family serving in public safety. He said he wants to instill that same passion for his community service in his children as well.

“Hopefully my kids will someday be firefighters or paramedics, police officers. It just feels right,” he said.

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