Two Dearborn firefighters sworn in

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn. Fire Chief Joe Murray (left), Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. (third from left) and Deputy Chief Joey Thorington (right) congratulate two new firefighters,  Shawn O’Dwyer (second from left) and Matthew Barry.

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn. Fire Chief Joe Murray (left), Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. (third from left) and Deputy Chief Joey Thorington (right) congratulate two new firefighters, Shawn O’Dwyer (second from left) and Matthew Barry.

DEARBORN – The Fire Department added two new firefighters to the department’s ranks in May.

The firefighters are Matthew Barry and Shawn O’Dwyer.

Barry is an emergency service professional with a background in pre-hospital paramedic care and previous experience with Huron Valley Ambulance and Trinity Health/St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He was recognized with HVA’s Safe Driver Award in 2008, 2009, and 2010, and the HVA Professional Achievement Award in 2012.

He earned his fire service experience as a part-time, volunteer, and paid-on-call firefighter with the Salem Township, Van Buren Township, and Belleville fire departments. Barry holds a number of firefighter and EMS professional certifications and an associate degree from Kellogg Community College.

O’Dwyer is an emergency service professional who most recently worked as a firefighter and paramedic at the Indianapolis International Airport Fire Department. He also has previous paramedic experience with Midwest Ambulance Service and served as an auxiliary public safety officer in the Public Safety Department at Lake Superior State University, where he completed his undergraduate studies in fire science and paramedic technologies.

O’Dwyer has previous experience with the Dearborn Fire Department, where he worked as firefighter/paramedic intern. He also holds a number of firefighter and EMS professional certifications.

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