Surprise announcement made at SJ fire graduation

April 27, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A surprise announcement capped a graduation ceremony for new San Jose firefighters on Friday night. These 19 new recruits will join other recent hires to replace the 49 firefighters laid off a couple years ago. They're getting paid with $15 million federal grant money which runs out in 2014. But San Jose Fire Chief William McDonald announced they have now found the money to make the jobs permanent.

"The recruits are included in the budgets beyond the end of the grant and I confirmed that with the budget manager," said McDonald.

"This is what I've wanted to do for many years since I was about 8. So, I'm living the dream," said Jeffrey Greaves, a San Jose Fire Department graduate.

For now, San Jose still won't be able to bring back five engines and a fire house that were cut from the budget.