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Last week, Jimmy Stewart, Luis Valladolid and Brian Mackie were paid on-call volunteer firefighters at Conover Fire Department.
Monday, they became full-time firemen after the department officially received the SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant in the amount of $226,434 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Department of Homeland Security.
To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.