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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.

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

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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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