DERBY – Tuesday was a special day for Newport Center Fire Chief Kurk Flynn. Flynn, who is the protective services instructor at the North Country Career Center, presented his first Firefighter I certification from the State of Vermont to one of his students, Kyle Grondin.Grondin is the son of Newport City Assistant Fire Chief Pedro Grondin.Other students previously received their certification from past instructor Kim Richardson, who left the school for another job last June. Flynn praised Richardson for helping Grondin get his certification. "He took the class last year," said Flynn. "All he needed was his hazardous material operation level. He just passed that this past week."For more of this story, see Monday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for April 8, 2013.