Watertown’s newest firefighters grew up together

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WATERTOWN — The city’s newest firefighters began their long career path together when they were still boys.

Pat Vincent joined the town of Watertown’s department as a volunteer firefighter when he was a senior in high school, while then 12-year-old Josh Wilcox hung out at the fire station with his firefighter dad.

And now they’re members of the city’s fire department after making a lateral move from Oswego in what is believed to be the first time that city firefighters switched jobs from another department.

They were sworn into their new jobs during a ceremony at the Emma Flower Taylor Fire Station on South Massey Street Friday night.

Both men said they are fulfilling career goals — they’ve always wanted to be a member of the Watertown Fire Department.

“It’s a dream come true,” Mr. Vincent said.

Between the time they were boys and now as new city firefighters, they were colleagues many other times in the past.

The two friends worked as paramedics for Guilfoyle Ambulance Service while they also served in the town fire department. Mr. Wilcox joined the town department 14 years ago.

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