ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Hundreds of Albany first responders will raise their right hand and take an oath of office this week — an oath not recited in the city for the past few decades.
Albany’s first responders will raise their hands, swearing to protect and serve the community.
But they’re not all new to the force.
Keith Ambrose has been with the Albany Fire Department for the past 32 years, and Tuesday is the first time he’s taken the oath of office.
“I got to thinking back and I realized I never had an oath said that I had to repeat as to what I’d be doing as a firefighter,” Ambrose, a battalion chief, said.
Ambrose saw his son take the oath when he became a first responder in the Macon area, which sparked a new interest in him.
“The next day when I came back to work I immediately went to my supervisor and said you know ‘look, I went to this graduation and to me it was amazing,’” Ambrose said.
AFD Chief Cedric Scott said as far as he knows, the oath hasn’t been recited for decades.
“Faithfully execute all the duties incumbent upon us in our chosen duties,” Scott said, reciting the oath.
A special tradition forgotten and overlooked.
“We’ll probably have about 200 people that will be sworn in over the next couple of weeks,” Scott said.
Every member of the Albany Fire Department will raise their right hand and swear to protect Albany.
Ambrose and his son may serve counties apart, but now, they’re connected by the no longer forgotten oath.
“I never stood there with my hand up, swearing to God I would do that. And today it was culmination, after 32-and-a-half years, of a full circle,” Ambrose said.
The swearing-in ceremonies will take place for the next couple of weeks, and last until every first responder has the chance to take the oath.