CHARLESTON -- Two new faces will be seen doing their duty on city streets in local fire and ambulance trucks.
According to a Charleston Fire Department press release, Austin Upton and Hunter Thompson are now firefighter/paramedics in the department. They are filling vacancies made by a retirement and a resignation in the department.
According to the press release, Upton, originally from St. Joseph, started Thursday. Upton currently resides in Farmer City. He was previously a volunteer firefighter with St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Protection District.
Most recently, he was a volunteer firefighter with Farmer City Fire Department and was a paramedic for Arrow Ambulance in Champaign.
Upton is a graduate of the Illinois Fire Service Institute Fire Academy.
Thomson, of Charleston, started Friday. He has been a volunteer firefighter with the Lincoln Fire Protection District for the past seven years and was a paramedic for Arrow Ambulance in Champaign for the past three years, the press release states.
Thompson will be attending the Illinois Fire Service Institute Fire Academy in the fall.