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Corning welcomes new firefighters, police officers, and K9 to public safety team

The Corning Police and Fire Departments celebrated the addition of four new members and a K9 named Mikey during a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on Friday. The new recruits expressed their enthusiasm and commitment to serving the community.

Justin Grose and Connor LeBarron were sworn in as firefighters. Grose, inspired by his father’s service as a volunteer department chief, has long aspired to be a firefighter. LeBarron, a Corning native, has served for six years and is excited to transition to a full-time role, eager to serve his hometown community.

Brennan Hardy and David DuBois joined the police department. Hardy has always aspired to be a police officer, drawn to the opportunity for professional growth and community service in Corning. DuBois, with a family background in law enforcement and experience as a Military Police in the Army, appreciates the structure and leadership within the Corning Police Department, aiding his transition from military to civilian life.

Mikey, a German Shepherd from Arkansas, is the new K9 unit, handled by Officer Christopher Clair. Clair, who has pursued this role for years, is training Mikey for traffic stops, drug searches, and rescue missions. Mikey’s name honors former Police Lieutenant Michael Schwartz, who passed away after retiring in 2008, following a distinguished career. Schwartz, known for his friendly and upbeat nature, is remembered fondly by the community.

This ceremony marks a significant enhancement in public safety services for Corning, reflecting the dedication and passion of its newest members in serving and protecting the community.