David Richards Sworn In As Newest Bedford Firefighter

(BEDFORD) – David Richards was sworn in Tuesday afternoon as Bedford Fire Department’s newest firefighter.

Bedford Mayor Sam Craig swears in David Richards

Mayor Sam Craig swore in David as his wife Kayla and two sons, Harper, 8, and David Scott, five-months, watched. David’s parents David and Jenifer Richards also attended the ceremony.

Kayla Richards back left, David Richards back right, David Scott five months, and Haper, 8 attend the swearing-in of David Richards Tuesday afternoon.

David Richards, a 2010 graduate of Elwood High School, served six years in the National Guard, four years as an EMT, working for Owen County EMS, and IU Health Bloomington. David also served as a volunteer firefighter for Patricksburg Volunteer Fire Department in Owen County.

His great-grandfather served as an Assistant Fire Chief for the Elwood Fire Department which contributed to his love for the fire department.

Audio: David Richards comments on joining Bedford Fire Department

“I served in the military, and love the brotherhood of the fire service. I wanted to join the fire service for a multitude of reasons, mainly to serve my community,” Richards said.

David’s first extrication call on U.S. 50 West Monday morning.

Bedford Fire Chief John Hughes says Richards is a great asset to the fire department.

“He worked his first extrication run yesterday and was a team player, taking care of what needed to be done,” added Hughes.