Middletown pinned badges on the city’s newest firefighter-EMTs Thursday at Fire Headquarters. Pictured (from left) are: Middletown City Manager Doug Adkins; firefighter-EMTs Antonio Pittman, Branden Cottrell and Joey Robertson; and Middletown Deputy Fire Chief David Adams. CONTRIBUTED

Middletown’s newest firefighters include former NFL player, city native

Receiving their pins were Branden Cottrell, Antonio Pittman and Joey Robertson.

All three were selected from the eligibility list as a result of civil service testing procedures. Middletown City Council confirmed their appointments to the Division of Fire at its Nov. 7 meeting. All three will have an annual salary of $40,378.70.

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Cottrell was born in Lima and is a graduate of Piqua High School.

Pittman was born in Akron and attended The Ohio State University where he played football as a running back from 2004-2006. He played professional football in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints in 2007 and the St. Louis Rams in 2008-2009.

Robertson was born in Middletown and is a graduate of Bishop Fenwick High School. His grandfather, Roger South, was a former assistant chief for the Middletown Division of Fire and his uncle, David South, is a former fire captain.