The Alpha Fire Company congratulates two of its members on their graduation from Penn State University this past August. Christopher Bakey and Duane Cornish, Truck and Rescue Captains respectively, completed their graduate studies and are moving onto new careers.
Duane Cornish has been in the fire service for 12 years, starting at the Worcester Volunteer Fire Department in Montgomery County, PA where he followed in his brother’s and his father’s footsteps. He eventually moved to State College in 2006 to seek a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He joined the Alpha Fire Company and was eventually appointed to the rank of Captain supervising the Rescue Company. In addition to his administrative duties Captain Cornish mentored many new members of the company. Captain Cornish found time to juggle his academic work, Fire Company responsibilities, and family responsibilities. Captain Cornish is married to Laura and they recently welcomed their first child, daughter Lilly Ann to the family. The family recently moved to Columbia, MD where Duane has started his new job as Computer Science Engineer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Captain Duane Cornish is a great firefighter, mentor, husband, father and a friend. The Alpha Fire Company extends its gratitude for his dedication and service to the Centre Region. Captain Cornish is pictured below on the bumper of Truck 516 and again with his wife Laura holding baby Lilly.
Captain Christopher Bakey has been in the fire service for 6 years, beginning at the Longwood Fire Company in Kennett Square, PA. He moved to State College in the Fall of 2008 during his Junior year of studies in Civil Engineering at Penn State University. Chris joined the Alpha Fire Company and has held the ranks of Engine Lieutenant and Truck Captain during his four years with the Company. Captain Bakey and the other live-in members held training sessions for the new members during overnight shifts at the College Township Station. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2010, Chris enrolled in the Masters Degree program in Civil Engineering with a focus in Water Resources. As a graduate student and a Teaching Assistant, Captain Bakey still found time to continue his work with the Fire Company as an officer and mentor. Upon graduating with a Masters Degree Captain Bakey found employment with Sunoco Logistics in Eastern Pennsylvania.
The Alpha Fire Company congratulates these members on the completion of their academic careers.