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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.

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Contact Jarad Jarmon at (217) 238-6839. Follow him on Twitter: @JJarmonReporter



Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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