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

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
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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

The Middletown Division of Fire pinned badges on its three newest firefighter-EMT’s during a ceremony at Fire Headquarters today .

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.