SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Eight Sioux Falls Fire Rescue cadets graduated Thursday night.
At the start of the month we took you inside the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue academy as the cadets trained to become firefighters.
Now, all that hard work is paying off.
"It's hard to explain, but it's gone by really fast and I can't believe that graduation is here and I'll be starting work on Tuesday," Probationary Firefighter Kyle Blakeslee said.
Kyle Blakeslee and Conner Van Dyke will both be working at Station 3.
"It's great to finally be done with the academy and about to hit the floor," Probationary Firefighter Conner Van Dyke said.
The seven men and one woman had to go through the 14-week academy to get to this point.
"We have hired some fantastic people over the last few years. This class is no exception. When they go through that 14 weeks they're ready to get on that truck and be a part of that crew," Fire Chief Brad Goodroad said.
Those weeks of training haven't been easy, but they've been worth it.
"It's been tough and it's been a lot of fun," Van Dyke said.
"I'm really happy that I stuck with it and kept perservering even when the times got tough because this is what I want to do," Blakeslee said.
The graduates will now be probationary firefighters for the first year before officially becoming firefighters.