American Legion Post 323 Recognized for Support of Cadet Post 102

Representatives of American Legion Post 323 attended a meeting of the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District’s Cadet Post 102 on Tuesday after committing to sponsor a cadet through the fire academy upon their completion of high school. Chief DiLallo presented certificates of appreciation to the American Legion Post 323, Sons of the American Legion, and the Legion Riders for their partnership in our mission to provide a program for local youth to explore professional firefighting as a career.

The cadet program’s special focus is encouraging future professional firefighters to stay local and serve their hometown of Lehigh Acres. Since the program launched in 2021, our District has hired four cadets as full-time firefighter EMTs. The Cadet Program advisors teach participants about their profession and provide access to mentors and volunteer opportunities. The program prepares cadets for a professional career in firefighting and emergency medical services through classroom and hands-on learning. The funds provided by the American Legion will directly support a cadet attending the Southwest Florida Public Fire Academy in Fort Myers. Cadet Post Advisors will select the cadet to receive the scholarship based on their performance in the program as well as their financial needs. The Post Advisors are full-time firefighters with the District who volunteer their time for the program.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans. Post 323 is located in Lehigh Acres at 1124 Ashlar Avenue.

“Our Fire Cadet Program offers youth and young adults an opportunity to experience life as a firefighter and learn about our team,” stated Chief DiLallo. “The program has many benefits, but most importantly gives cadets a feeling for what it’s like to be a part of something bigger than themselves.  Ideally, some cadets will choose to remain here and serve their community. We greatly appreciate the American Legion as community partners in enhancing the futures of both our local youth and the Fire District.”

Information on Cadet Post 102 can be found on our website,

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