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Franklin University’s Largest Fire Officer I Cohort Graduates

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2012

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University is proud to announce the graduation of its largest Fire Officer I cohort since the inception of the certificate program in 2010.  The ceremony, held Friday, May 30 in a ceremony in Fisher Hall on Franklin’s Main Campus downtown, celebrated the successful completion of the Center for Professional Training & Development’s 10-week online course designed to give firefighters the knowledge and skills necessary to advance to the role of Fire Officer.

The following graduates are to be commended for completing this course while also balancing the responsibilities of their personal and professional lives:

  • Brendan Cotrell, Whitehall Division of Fire
  • Chris Courtney, Worthington Fire Department
  • Shad Gilbert, Liberty Township Fire Department
  • Matt Harding, Worthington Fire Department
  • Randall Miller, Springfield Township Fire Department
  • Mable Sheppard, Williamsburg Township Emergency Services
  • Lance Short, Whitehall Division of Fire
  • Mark Zambito, Worthington Fire Department

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The course, designed and taught by Assistant Chief Jerry Mason, City of Columbus Fire (Retired) and Chief Fred Kauser, Mifflin Township, provides students with the skills to develop their leadership capabilities and apply critical concepts in team dynamics and interpersonal relationships, as well as refine their understanding of pertinent laws, regulations, and methods for building community involvement.

“Our Fire Officer 1 and 2 courses represent a partnership between the fire service and Franklin University to provide new and potential officers with the leadership skills that will enable them to reassess those traditions in an effort to improve safety and operations while performing their sworn duties," said Assistant Chief Jerry Mason, Columbus Fire (retired). 

Fire departments and the community benefit from utilizing this cost- and time-effective training opportunity.  Benefits of the program include:

  • Flexible online course reduces expenses and minimizes time away from the job 
  • Includes two day-long residencies that eliminate overnight lodging costs
  • Current theory and practices blended with a leadership focus
  • Case studies applied to course knowledge
  • Relevant and current information taught by active-duty fire officers
  • Complies with all NFPA standards and guidelines
  • Approved for college credit at Franklin University

About the Franklin University Center for Professional Training and Development
Franklin University’s Center for Professional Training & Development provides certification programs and training opportunities to businesses, government offices, not-for-profit organizations, and career-minded individuals interested in expanding their abilities to succeed in today’s dynamic and competitive environment. For a current list of scheduled programs and workshops, visit

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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